Hi fellow travelers,
Spent the past hour reading news stories about the red tide now hitting Anna Maria...and sad to report it's the worst bloom since 2006 and may linger through 2019. I encourage you to do your own research before making any travel decisions. But know this isn't a short-term that will only impact visitors this week.
Although the blooms remain a bit of a mystery, scientists say that they can be moved off shore or broken up by cool water of winter...which they point out isn't coming any time soon. Moreover, the red tide appears to grow like a monster feeding on all the nutrients in the water (incl. dead animals)
It's unclear to me if the red tide now at AMI is b/c tide has grown...or b/c it's moved north. Another thing that's not clear to me -- it's hurricane season and would/could a storm push it off shore or push it on, make it worse.
This of course is devastating for Fla's tourism biz. And I'm sorry for all those who make a living through rentals/restaurants/tours, etc. We have a trip planned in October and, with a very heavy heart, are looking at options (if anyone has any suggestions for a similar calm-water beach/no high-rise environment anywhere beyond southwest Fla, please let me know).
Our plan is to follow the red tide situation closely and, hopefully, be able to pivot back to AMI if there's a significant change to the situation.
Miami Herald has a particularly good story...but there are dozens of stories out there about this historical context and reasons for this red tide.