Beach Conditions, Red Tide and Travel Alerts

Red Tide is present in the area. Please follow Mote Marine Laboratory Beach Conditions Report & Red Tide Information for the most up to date information. 

Update: Sarasota County Officials have created a webpage titled "Red Tide Status" that shares information on the clean up process as well as links for Mote Marine and the Florida Department of Health.

Sarasota County government officials, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Mote Marine Laboratory continue to monitor red tide algae blooms along the coast. Stay up to date with the following resources:

  • Follow the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Mote Marine Laboratory Facebook page for updates on red tide and other harmful algal blooms in coastal Florida waters.
  • View the latest Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County advisory.
  • We have miles of beaches in Sarasota County. The Mote Beach Conditions Report will give you a report on the conditions such as temperature, rip currents and more at each beach so that you can plan your visit. See the latest red tide updates at the Mote Marine Laboratory Beach Conditions report. Updated twice daily at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Review the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission status of red tide in Florida.
  • The latest red tide status reports from the FWC are also available by phone. Call 866-300-9399 if instate,  callers outside of Florida can dial 727-552-2448. Standard calling charges apply.
  • Review the Sarasota County red tide beach notices or call 941-BEACHES (941-232-2437 Press 1 for Sarasota County)
  • Learn more about Red Tide from Mote Marine Laboratory here.

August 10 Update:

Visit Sarasota County (VSC) wants to keep you informed during this red tide occurrence. We will share updates and information with you on a weekly basis

  • Visit Sarasota County (VSC) began weekly monitoring of our tourism industry to determine the impacts of the red tide on your business. These surveys will be sent to you every Wednesday during the duration of this occurrence. The results of the first survey for the week of August 1 to 7, 2018 are as follows:
    • o    90% of respondents were less than three miles from the beach or bay 
    • o    90% lost business 
    • o    The average loss this week compared to same week last year was 5% 
    • •    VSC’s most important message to our tourism businesses is to use the Mote Beach Condition Report for the most up-to-date information on red tide. Please share this website and information with your guests. This report gives beach conditions at all our Sarasota County beaches. County staff, who are out on the beaches, report this twice daily. It gives you and our visitors the information they need on beach conditions at any given beach to make an informed decision about going to a particular beach. If a visitor’s favorite beach may be facing the impacts from red tide, visitors can find another nearby beach to enjoy their Sarasota County vacation. 
    • •    Earlier this week, VSC staff met with our tourism colleagues from Collier (Naples), Lee (Ft. Myers/Sanibel), Charlotte, and Manatee Counties to ensure a coordinated response to the red tide and to begin work on recovery plans.
    • •    Also, this week, VSC was active in a strategy session with VISIT FLORIDA, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Mote Marine Laboratory to plan the state’s response to red tide. VISIT FLORIDA has a robust program of support both during the red tide episode and as we recover from red tide for Sarasota County and Southwest Florida.
    • •    D&D: Documentation and details is important Virginia Haley and your VSC team are working with State and Federal authorities on potential economic relief. Virginia feels this could be a long- shot but VSC learned from the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill that accurate record-keeping along the way was the key to successful claims. 
    • •    There is a fair amount of inaccurate information circulating on social media about three separate issues impacting water quality in Southwest Florida. The three separate issues are Red Tide, blue green algae and red drift algae. Sarasota County is impacted by Red Tide. Please refer to our Travel Advisory page for links to the science of Red Tide. VSC is working with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to provide you with more accurate FAQs which we will provide shortly.

In any challenge, communication is key. We need to hear from you on issues you are facing, questions, or concerns. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts or questions with Virginia Haley at [email protected] or call her 955 0991 x107.