Researchers are saying the 7-months of red tide the region may be getting a break. After checking samples in the gulf last week, Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s given most of the state’s southwest coast got a clean bill of health, with only a very low concentration of the red tide organism near Pine Island Sound in Lee County. The Herald-Tribune reports this was the first big outbreak in Southwest Florida since 2007, when another bloom lasted about six months – and a year before that a bloom stuck around for 13 months, keeping tourists away from beaches and killing fish.