Multiple beaches across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast remain closed on Monday following an outbreak of an "airborne irritant" that was found Saturday afternoon.
The irritant is a "possible" case of "red tide" which appeared on the west coast of Florida earlier this year. While it is not confirmed that this is really what's going on, officials have said that the symptoms many are experiencing are similar to those of red tide.
Jupiter beach was one of the first to shut down Saturday afternoon after beach-goers reported breathing problems, headaches, and itchy eyes. Following this all beaches from Martin County down to Delray Beach shut down including the swimming beaches at Peanut Island and DuBois Park.
The Department of Health did sample the water on Saturday and results should be posted later today. Once the results come back, residents should be able to have more of an idea of how long the beaches will remain closed.
Fingers crossed, this is not red tide and our favorite spots will be reopen soon!
Source: WPTV, Palm Beach Post