Worth Avenue feels red tide effects
Astiff ocean breeze carried salty, humid air through the oceanside and middle blocks of Worth Avenue late last week, where there were few shoppers strolling the sidewalks — low even for early October, the slowest time of the year on the street.
At the east end of the street, Midtown Beach, like many beaches in the county, remained closed as irritations continued from an onshore breeze of aerosolized red tide.
An older resident who joined a few friends for lunch on the Avenue said all of them suffered respiratory irritants, though none had trouble breathing.
“I’ve have a little bit of a cough — it’s just like a heavy tickle in my throat,” said the resident, who wouldn’t give her name. One member of the group had a runny nose, she said.
Several shopkeepers reported that business is sluggish, and some said noticeably slower than usual. One said the news of the red tide nuisance on the beaches may have kept some people away.
“Our throats have been scratchy,” said Marley Herring of Marley’s Palm Beach Collection, which faces the Gucci courtyard on the lake side of the Avenue.
Several shopkeepers would not give their names without permission from their respective corporate managers. An employee of one of the stores on the ocean block said business has been very slow, but that’s not unusual for this time of year.
At The Breakers, where President Paul Leone reported no reservation cancellations associated with the beach closure, guests were enjoying the oceanfront pool deck. There were no signs visible stating the beach was closed, but no one was on the beach except for one young man strolling in the distance.
Seaweed could be seen swirling in the choppy surf near The Breakers and elsewhere along the shore.
At The Chesterfield, 363 Cocoanut Row, general manager Natalie Le Clerc also said there have been no cancellations or other problems associated with the red tide or closed beaches. “Who knows where this thing