(JENSEN BEACH, Fla.) — It’s a messy holiday on some Florida beaches, thanks to a green, smelly algae that’s spreading in the waterways of Martin County.
More than two weeks after the first reports of algae, the algae has grown, spreading farther out into the water, causing an awful smell. The odor has also spread, and is giving some Florida residents headaches, rashes and is even making it difficult to breathe. The communities of Stuart and Jensen Beach, along the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon have seen the greatest impact.
Officials in Martin County told ABC news that this is an “unprecedented” algae bloom. While they’ve handled the algae blooms before, they never expected it to reach the more populated coastal communities and the ocean.
Some water has turned purple and red.
Monitoring and testing on the situation is ongoing. Officials are warning people not to go in the water and that the ocean could be closed to swimmers at any point.
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