Originally published in The News-Press by Chad Gillis on March 16, 2019

Two algae blooms that strangled the Southwest Florida coast most of last year have subsided and may not return for a few months.

Toxic red tide and blue-green algae outbreaks last year killed millions of pounds of sea life in the Gulf of Mexico and turned much of the Caloosahatchee River into a pea soup of cyanobacteria.

Today, both the Gulf and river are clear of any blooms or outbreaks, and no algae has been reported in either system in the past several weeks.

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