Chamber sets transportation lunch Oct. 9
SARASOTA -- Secretary Ananth Prasad of the Florida Department of Transportation will answer questions about the reconstruction of the Interstate 75 interchange and other transportation issues from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 9 lunch at the Holiday Inn Sarasota-Bradenton Airport, 8009 15th St. E., Sarasota.
Prasad is responsible for managing the $10.1-billion agency, which oversees infrastructure projects, including port dredging, highway expansion and maintenance.
The cost is $25 for Manatee County Chamber of Commerce members and STARTUPS members and $35 for nonmembers.
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Registration: Call 941-748-4842, ext. 123, or or go to manateechamber.com/events.
Red tide bloom persists well offshore Manatee County
MANATEE -- A large bloom of Karenia brevis, the red tide organism, remains in the northeast Gulf of Mexico, according to the Florida Wildlife Commission.
No red tide has been detected so far this week alongshore or offshore of Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, or Monroe counties.
Recent satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show an offshore surface bloom extending between Taylor and Pinellas counties, approximately 5 to 35 miles offshore between southern Taylor and northern Levy counties and 10 to 20 miles offshore southern Levy to Pasco counties.
Samples analyzed by FWC confirm bloom concentrations of K. brevis in the patches revealed by imagery. Specifically, background to medium concentrations were detected offshore of Dixie and Levy counties and in Cedar Key (Levy County). Fish kills and respiratory irritation have been reported in the bloom area. Widespread Trichodesmium blooms in surface waters have also been observed in several different areas along Florida's Gulf Coast.
-- Herald staff reports