Red tide could be worse

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — It was a normal day on the beach, except for the eel and small fish dead on some parts of the shore.

Not even that stopped people from taking a stroll on the sand, dipping their toes in the water or sitting in a beach chair under the hot sun.

They’re not alone in continuing their enjoyment of the Gulf of Mexico in what appears so far as a milder case of red tide still hovering a ways off the shoreline.

Yummies Bistro owner Ernie Del Rio said the red tide that rolled in earlier this week has not made a big difference on the Island so far.

He said of the many customers who have dined in, only a few people have complained about the red tide bothering them.

“People should enjoy the beach, and be prepared if something does happen,” said Tony Reisinger, county extension agent – coastal and marine resources, Texas Sea Grant and Texas Agrilife’s extension service.

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