I am not writing about politics.

Anna Maria Island, like much of the Gulf Coast of Florida, is faced with some unpleasantness at the moment (mid-August, 2018). This is what it is about: "A red tide, or harmful algal bloom, is a higher-than-normal concentration of a microscopic alga (plantlike organism). In Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, the species that causes most red tides is Karenia brevis, often abbreviated as K. brevis. To distinguish K. brevis blooms from red tides caused by other species of algae, researchers in Florida call the former the 'Florida red tide.'" (Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.)

National and international news is filled with stories about the current state of affairs. I thought it might be useful to provide you with some direct information and even your own view of conditions. So, please visit here, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, for an education about something we experience every once in a while. Then look here, a web camera just north of mid-Anna Maria Island showing live conditions on the beach and then here. (The first look is from a web camera courtesy of Beach Bistro, one of the island's wonderful dining establishments. Scroll down slightly when you reach the page to "Live Beach Cam." The second look is south on Anna Maria Island from the roof of The Beach House, another of Anna Maria's very fine dining opportunities.)

If you have any challenge viewing the web cameras, please call me at (941) 704 4250 and I'll help you navigate!

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The author of this post is Tom Aposporos, a licensed real estate broker in both Florida and New York. In a business career of more than four decades, he also served as mayor of his home city, a commissioner in his adopted island city, and chaired a publicly-owned bank through a period of financial recovery. These experiences have enhanced his knowledge and have brought additional dimension to his real estate career.

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