© 2022 WLRN
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
In South Florida, where the Everglades meet the bays, environmental challenges abound. Sea level rise threatens homes and real estate. Invasive species imperil native plants and animals. Pesticides reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, but at what cost? WLRN's award-winning environment reporting strives to capture the color and complexity of human interaction with one of the most biodiverse areas of the planet.

Breathing Problems And Eye Irritation Shut Down South Florida Beaches. Is It Red Tide?

Melanie Bell
Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach lifeguards Ryan Zabovnik, left, and George Klein wear masks at Midtown Beach in Palm Beach that remains closed due to red tide warnings, Sunday, September 30, 2018.

A stretch of South Florida beaches has been shut down until at least Monday after cities along the coast indicated a “possible red tide.”

The problems began Saturday when swimmers in the Jupiter area complained of breathing problems and eye irritation. The health concern expanded into Martin County. The town of Palm Beach closed its beaches, and on Sunday, so did Lantana to the south.

The water in northern and central Palm Beach County is being tested for red tide, but there has not been confirmation of the presence of the toxic algae proliferation on Sunday. But cities along the stretch were taking no chances as state and local environmental agencies were conducting tests Sunday and into Monday.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald