Red Tide can ruin a day at the beach in Walton County, Florida. Luckily, Red Tide is pretty rare in South Walton. The 30A beaches rarely get Red Tide, but when it come it is no fun. Sometimes it is very mild and people think it is an allergy attack. Sometimes it is severe and makes you feel like you have the flu.
Pretty much every year, usually in summer and fall, there are national media reports about Red Tide, and folks coming to SoWal get concerned even thought the reports are typically about South Florida in the Tampa Bay area.