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Florida confirms toxic red tide spreading along Atlantic coast

Dozens of dead fish littered a Palm Beach County beach Wednesday as a toxic red tide appeared to spread along Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials confirmed Wednesday that low to moderate amounts of the algae that cause red tide have now turned up off three counties along the state’s more densely populated east coast. Blooms were confirmed in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties, marking the first appearance of red tide along Atlantic shores in more than a decade.
Wildlife officials are also testing Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Results for Broward were expected on Wednesday. But no mention of the county was made in an update posted online. In an email to the Herald, FWC spokeswoman Susan Neel said more results would be provided Friday.
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