Worth Av­enue feels red tide ef­fects

Palm Beach Daily News - - BUSINESS - By WIL­LIAM KELLY

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

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