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Updated: 07/12/2018 08:30:02AM

SEEING RED

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PHOTO BY CHRIS PORTER
Charlotte County officials posted signs warning of the respiratory problems caused by toxins given off by red tide blooms near Englewood Beach in this June 29 photo.

SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

Dan Martin, right, talks to a group of concerned residents Tuesday about how red tide is affecting local fishing charters, other businesses and life during the summer months when many want to enjoy the beach.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY LARRY RADDATZ

Larry Raddatz, a member of the Coastal Wildlife Club's turtle patrol in Englewood, took this photo of a goliath grouper June 23 at Blind Pass Beach on Manasota Key.

SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH
While some enjoyed the water at Englewood Beach on June 23, others stayed away due to the stench of dead fish caused by red tide.

PROVIDED BY MARK TIMCHULA

A red tide bloom creeps up on Manasota Key in this photo shot by a camera on a drone June 19.

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

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ENGLEWOOD BEACH — Does the freshwater algae from Lake Okeechobee feed the fish-killing red tide bloom in the Gulf of Mexico?

Are state and federal officials doing enough to protect Florida’s environment from pollution?

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