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Red Tide Update

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October 11, 2018

The Town of Surfside participated in a conference call today with Miami-Dade County and the Florida Department of Health to discuss the status of red tide. Currently, there are no new developments. However, we encourage beachgoers to check conditions daily by visiting a newly released map by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The County’s advisory urges people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions to avoid red tide areas. For further updates, please be sure to sign-up for Town notifications and visit: www.floridahealth.gov and myfwc.com.

October 8, 2018

As the health and safety of our Surfside residents and visitors is our highest priority, we are continuing to monitor the status of red tide. Currently, there are no new developments. However, we encourage beachgoers to check conditions daily by visiting a newly released map by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The County’s advisory urges people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions to avoid red tide areas.

For further updates, please be sure to sign-up for Town notifications at https://www.townofsurfsidefl.gov/news-and-events/subscribe and visit:
www.floridahealth.gov and myfwc.com

October 5, 2018

Closure Lifted for Beaches North of Haulover Inlet

After meeting with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), Miami-Dade County has lifted the beach closure for the beaches north of Haulover Inlet as of this morning. Miami-Dade County will continue to monitor the water at all of our public beaches, in cooperation with state agencies.

Please bear in mind that the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) advises people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions, such as asthma, to avoid red tide areas. Swimming is safe for most people. In fact, beaches on the west coast of Florida, which have been plagued by red tide in recent months, remain open. The County will be placing signs on the beaches to warn residents and visitors about the potential health effects of red tide. All beachgoers are advised to heed warnings at public beaches.

Fish kills may occur during red tide. Do not touch or remove dead fish. Fish kills can be reported by calling the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at 1.800.636.0511.

For up-date test results and detailed information about red tide, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's website at http://myfwc.com/.


October 5, 2018

Red Tide - Flash Report


October 4, 2018

Dear Residents,

Please see below the following communication from the office of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez regarding beach closures north of Haulover Inlet. At this time, the beach in Surfside remains open. We are continuing to closely monitor the red tide matter and are in regular communication with Miami-Dade County. Should the County advise of a beach closure in Surfside, we will immediately notify you and our visitors through our regular communication channels as we have done in the past.

For the time-being, beachgoers are encouraged to check conditions daily and proceed with caution if using the beach. Please be sure to sign-up for Town notifications. For further information and frequently asked questions, visit www.floridahealth.gov and myfwc.com.

Respectfully,

Town Administration


Message from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez:

Due to the recently confirmed presence of red tide in Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, in collaboration with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), collected water samples on Tuesday, October 2, at four locations off the coast of the County for testing. The County received results late Wednesday indicating that elevated levels of the algae linked to red tide have been detected in our area.

Although results for three sampling areas off Miami Beach and Crandon Park were reported in the very-low to low range, results for samples collected off Haulover Park were reported in the medium concentration range.

Red tides produce toxic chemicals that can affect marine organisms as well as humans. The Florida Department of Health advises people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions to avoid red tide areas.

In an abundance of caution, public beaches in Miami-Dade County located north of Haulover Inlet will be closed until further notice. Miami-Dade County will continue to monitor this situation and will be coordinating with state officials on further testing and any updated instructions regarding the presence of red tide in our area.

In addition, fish kills may occur during red tide. Fish kills can be reported by calling FWC's Fish Kill Hotline at 800.636.0511 or online.

We are taking this proactive step to ensure our residents and visitors are not affected as we collect samples in other areas for state testing. We will continue to seek guidance from the state.