Rare Red Tide Outbreak Puts South Florida Beaches On Alert

Oct 5, 2018
Originally published on October 5, 2018 7:05 pm

After almost a year along the beaches on the Gulf Coast, toxic algae has made its way to South Florida.


This week, a rare red tide outbreak closed beaches up and down the region’s eastern coastline. Beaches in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties have reopened, but signs are up warning visitors about potential health risks, including itchy eyes and throats.

The spread of red tide brings up the role beaches play as more than an economic driver but as a buffer for storms and the threat of sea-level rise.

The Miami Herald, the Sun Sentinel and The Palm Beach Post – with reporting from WLRN – have teamed up to address sea-level rise in South Florida. The newspapers’ editorial page editors – Nancy AncrumRosemary O’Hara, and Rick Christie, respectively – join WLRN’s Tom Hudson for another conversation about The Invading Sea.

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