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Bayfront rally calls for action on red tide

Hands Along the Water wants to keep people focused on the issue — and potential solutions.

Sarasota may be months removed from the worst effects of a red tide bloom that wreaked havoc on coastal areas earlier this year, but many residents remain passionate about addressing issues associated with the marine phenomenon.

That’s why dozens of activists gathered near U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue this morning, holding signs demanding improved water quality and drawing supportive honks from passing motorists.

The demonstration was organized by the group Hands Along the Water, one of five events held today along the Gulf Coast from Manatee County to Collier County. The group formed in August in hopes of affecting policy changes to mitigate the effects of red tide. Adrienne Miceli Trask, the group’s vice president, said the focus has since expanded.