Health Officials lift red tide alert for James Lee Park and Jetty East

The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County has lifted the health alert issued on September 21 and September 23 for the presence of red tide near James Lee Beach and Jetty East in Destin. 

Follow-up water samples taken in coordination with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission show red tide is at very low or background levels near these locations, indicating the public may resume water-related activities.  

“It is important that the public continue to exercise caution and good judgement,” wrote the DOH in a press release. “If you experience respiratory or eye irritation, you should consider leaving the area or seeking relief in an air-conditioned space. “

Report symptoms from exposure to a harmful algal bloom or any aquatic toxin to the Florida Poison Information Center. Call 1-800-222-1222 to speak to a poison specialist. 

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