Red Tide Update October 16, 2018
Water sample results posted by FWC Thursday, October 11, at Sailfish Point Marina and Jensen Beach Causeway North Boat Ramp confirmed the presence of red tide in the low (>10,000-100,000 cells per liter) range. Samples taken at Manatee Pocket and Stuart Causeway Boat Ramp indicate the pressence of red tide in the very low (>1,000-10,000) ranges and samples at Jensen Beach, Jensen Beach Causeway, Bathtub Beach and Hobe Sound Beach confirmed no presence of red tide; (0-1,000) range.
Advisory signs have been posted at the following locations:
Bathtub Beach – 2 signs
Beach Walk Pasley – 1 sign
Bob Graham Beach – 4 signs
Bryn Mawr Beach – 1 sign
Chastain Beach – 1 sign
Fletcher Beach – 1 sign
Glascock Beach – 1 sign
Hobe Sound Beach – 1 sign
House of Refuge – 1 sign
Jensen Beach – 4 signs
Sandsprit Park - 1 sign
Santa Lucea Beach – 1 sign
Sea turtle Beach – 3 signs
Stokes Beach – 1 sign
Stuart Beach – 5 signs
Tiger Shores Beach – 1 sign
Virginia Forrest Beach – 1 sign
Martin County beaches are guarded, however, conditions may change. Residents and visitors are encouraged to call the beach hotline at (772) 320-3112 for current conditions and to seek the assistance of EMT/Lifeguards on with any questions or concerns while at guarded beaches.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has created an enhanced, interactive map, updated daily with water sampling analysis to show the status of naturally-occurring red tide throughout the state. Click here to view the Red Tide Status Map
Please use this information to make informed decisions about visiting local beaches.
What We're Doing
- Sampling at locations along the Martin County coastline, from Hobe Sound Beach to Jensen Beach, and sending samples to labs for analysis.
- Posting advisory signs near beaches
- Updating the existing local state of emergency to include red tide
- Working with DEP to utilize available funds to help mitigate the effects of red tide in our area
- Executing best management practices provided by FWC for red tide-related beach cleaning
- Communicating with FWC, DEP and other counties and municipalities from Miami-Dade to St. Lucie County on regularly scheduled status calls to share information and institute best practices.
Martin County is partnering with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Department of Environment Protection (DEP), Florida Department of Health in Martin County and other local agencies to monitor and provide the most accurate information for residents and visitors. We will continue utilizing best practices from communities on the west coast of Florida who have extensive experience dealing with red tide.