For the first time in more than a year, red tide levels across the state was spotted at “not present” to “background” concentrations.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tested more than 100 water samples offshore of eastern, southwest, and northwest Florida.

Levels of red tide were under 1,000 cells per litre across the board for the first time since October 2017.
Medium concentrations were reported last week near Placida Harbor in Charlotte County, but samples taken Monday showed only trace amounts, meaning Sarasota and Charlotte counties were not named in a red tide report for the first time in nearly 16 months.