The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement for Collier County alerting to the potential for breathing problems related to red tide.
The statement is in effect through Sunday evening.
Red tide is a harmful algal bloom that can produce toxins that kill fish, make shellfish dangerous to eat, and make the surrounding air difficult to breath.
“As the name suggests, the bloom of algae often turns the water red,” According to NOAA’s Ocean Service.
Red tide occurs nearly every summer along Florida’s Gulf Coast, but is rare in the Atlantic.
Symptoms from red tide can include coughing, sneezing and tearing eyes. People with respiratory conditions can be more sensitive to red tide irritations.