Perfect beach weather.

I am now home after driving down to Treasure Island at 7.30 a.m. I arrived early for the Voyager board meeting, so walked the boardwalk for half an hour. The air smelled fresh, and there was a nice breeze.

We had an excellent meeting, and it was still early enough for me to drive to the Voyager, park up, use sunscreen, and put on my beach shoes. I then went down to the water’s edge, and it was just perfection. I walked the beach for an hour before heading home. There was no red tide smell, I didn’t cough, and the water was clear. I did encounter a few tiny dead fish, but it didn’t stop the people swimming in the gulf, and the kids surfing, and playing in the water.

My walking was from the Voyager, which is next to the Marriot/Residence Inn, and continued up the beach to the small fishing pier on the beach side of the John’s Pass channel/with the bridge above it. The closer I got to it I could smell the red tide. For the first time ever no one was fishing on the pier. I didn’t even go on it, because I had to leave the area before my eyes started to run, and that annoying cough.

A couple of minutes later when I was walking back the smell had completely gone. I hope this helps anyone that is planning a trip to the area.

Every unit of the Voyager is occupied for the foreseeable future. It looks like people are having staycations.


  1. We’re still avoiding the beach with the red tide. We’ve got some respiratory issues/allergies so I don’t want to aggravate them. Bummed as our friends are visiting from Chicago, and there was red tide in Clearwater where they stayed.

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  2. It is a harmful algae bloom that occurs when colonies of algae grow out of control. If you go to Wikipedia, they discuss the runoff containing fertilizer, sewage, and life stock waste so you can imagine the smell of red tide.

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  3. It is pretty much just a Gulf thing. Warm shallow water year round kind of thing. This year they have so far had to haul in several thousands tons of dead fish. It is mostly in Sarasota working it’s way to the St. Pete Beaches.

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