Red Tide

Red tide continues to plague Florida's oyster industry. The latest test results show the algae bloom is still affecting Apalachicola Bay and harvesting remains closed.

Now state leaders are headed to Washington to ask for financial help. Oyster processors in Apalachicola say the national fisheries institute has set up appointments with political leaders in D.C. for this week.

Oyster bed damage has already exceeded the $100 million mark, leaving oysters off the menu and oystermen out of work.

If the red tide doesn't keep you off the beach the bacteria levels may. The Department of Health in Florida continues its advisory of high bacteria levels at Carrabelle Beach.

Vacationers are warned to avoid swallowing the water, and biologists say be especially careful if you have a weak immune system.

The good news, however; other beaches in Franklin County such as Alligator Point and St. George Island are clear of bacteria.


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