Hardly a day goes by that I don’t read or hear about red tide. Some days, it’s here but the next day, gone. Some people are affected by breathing air from the red tide, others are not.
Here’s what I know from experience: if you try to plan your trip to the beach on days that the wind is from an easterly direction, chances are you won’t have any issues. There is a free app you can download that is the most accurate app I have found. It’s called “Windfinder”. (don’t download the Pro app, as it costs $$) If you have any difficulty finding the app or downloading or getting the information you want, call me 609-705-9076.
I use Anna Maria Island and Bradenton as my locations. It will give you the wave height, wind speed and wind direction in three-hour increments. Any time you see that the wind is from the E, NE and SE, you should be fine. I have found that the forecast is very accurate, at least five days out.