While the Gulf Coast has suffered the brunt of the toxic algae outbreak all summer, it only just showed up this week on the Atlantic beaches of South Florida.

Many of Florida’s famous beaches were empty Thursday because of a red tide outbreak that for the first time in decades is plaguing both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts at once.

While the Gulf Coast has suffered the brunt of the toxic algae outbreak all summer, it only just showed up this week on the Atlantic beaches of South Florida.

Miami-Dade County closed Haulover Beach — including a popular nudist section — early Thursday and the growing crisis prompted Gov. Rick Scott to announce $3 million in state assistance for five counties in the region.

“It’s very rare for us to have it over here,” said Lieutenant Matthew Sparling of Miami- Dade Fire Rescue Ocean Rescue. “People come here to be on the beaches and they don’t want to be coming down here to be exposed to red tide or sewage spills or whatnot, … so yeah, I think we can be in trouble.”

Red tide can cause breathing problems in humans. It’s been blamed for tons and tons of dead fish on miles of beaches. At least six Palm Beach County beaches have been closed since the weekend because of the outbreak.

Well, I think it’s time to purify your water or to buy a ZIP Countertop Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

State officials say a red tide bloom that began last fall now stretches along roughly 135 miles (215 kilometers) of Florida’s southwest coast, affecting businesses, tourism and vacations.

“The ocean is big business out here,” said 36-year-old Richy Beck, as he unloaded a truck full of beach chairs Thursday at Haulover Beach. “It’s bad for business, man. It means I’m going to be on the unemployment line.”

In Florida’s Panhandle, crews of county jail inmates are cleaning up piles of dead fish killed by a red tide bloom near Panama City Beach. Bay County had the highest concentration of algae, while Walton, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties had lower concentrations.

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