A red tide has forced the closure of beaches north of Haulover Inlet, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said in a statement Thursday morning.
Red tide confirmed in @MiamiDadeCounty. In abundance of caution, public beaches north of Haulover Inlet are closed until further notice. Statement to follow.
— MiamiDade County RER (@MiamiDadeRER) October 4, 2018
In the statement, the mayor said that “results for samples collected off Haulover Park were reported in the medium concentration range.” However, Miami Beach and Crandon Park have very-low to low concentrations of the toxic algae blooms.
Red tides, caused by toxic red dinoflagellates, have caused closures and fish kills in Collier County in recent weeks. Though normally found in the Gulf of Mexico, currents can carry the algae to the Atlantic Ocean, stated the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The Florida Department of Health is advising people with respiratory difficulties to avoid the affected areas. In addition, fish kills can be reported by calling FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511.
Haulover Inlet is located in north Miami-Dade, near 10800 Collins Ave. and north of Bal Harbour.
Story last updated Oct. 4 at 2:13 pm.