The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) has issued a Health Alert for the presence of red tide near Marco Island Beach and Barefoot Beach. The public should exercise caution in and around these areas. Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:

• Look for informational signage posted at most beaches.
Stay away from the water, and do not swim in waters with dead fish.
• Those with chronic respiratory problems should be especially cautious and stay away from this location as red tide can affect your breathing.
Do not harvest or eat molluscan shellfish, or distressed or dead fish from this location. If caught live and healthy, finfish are safe to eat as long as they are filleted and the guts are discarded. Rinse fillets with tap or bottled water.
• Wash your skin and clothing with soap and fresh water if you have had recent contact with red tide.
Keep pets and livestock away and out of the water, sea foam and dead sea life. If your pet swims in waters with red tide, wash it as soon as possible.
• Residents living in beach areas are advised to close windows and run the air conditioner. Make sure that the A/C filter is maintained according to manufacturer’s specifications.
If outdoors near an affected location, residents may choose to wear masks, especially if onshore winds are blowing.

What is red tide?

Red tide is one type of harmful algal bloom caused by high concentrations of the toxic dinoflagellate Karenia brevis (K. brevis), a type of microscopic algae found in the Gulf of Mexico. Red tide typically forms naturally offshore, commonly in late summer or early fall, and is carried into coastal waters by winds and currents. Once inshore, these opportunistic organisms can use nearshore nutrient sources to fuel their growth. Blooms typically last into winter or spring, but in some cases, can endure for more than one year.

Is it harmful?

K. brevis produces potent neurotoxins (brevetoxins) that can be harmful to the health of both wildlife and people. Wind and wave action can break open K. brevis cells and release toxins into the air and trigger a red tide alert. This is why you should monitor conditions and use caution when visiting affected water bodies. People in coastal areas can experience varying degrees of eye, nose and throat irritation during a red tide bloom. Some individuals with chronic respiratory conditions like asthma or chronic lung disease might experience more severe symptoms.

Red tide toxins can also affect the central nervous system of fish and other marine life, which can lead to fish kills 2 and increased wildlife strandings or mortalities. Eating contaminated seafood can cause neurotoxic shellfish poisoning in humans. Symptoms include nausea and vomiting; tingling of the mouth, lips and tongue; and slurred speech and dizziness. For a daily chart on Red Tide, go to MyFWC.com/redtidemap/

 

Florida: 10 Companies Hiring Remote Workers Now

There’s a lot of interest from American workers to find jobs to work remotely. Now some companies are exclusively going that route. The number of jobs that in the job description and post say workers can be remote has almost tripled from pre-pandemic. It’s gone from about 4% of in 2019 to about 12% of jobs in 2022, according to ZipRecruiter. And with Florida such a hot destination for remote workers it pays to take a closer look. It’s 80 degrees in mid-February. Who wouldn’t want to live here?

“The pandemic-induced 50-year acceleration in the shift to remote work has now firmly taken root as a win-win-win for workers, businesses, and the economy,” ZipRecruiter.com says. “For workers, it offers the chance to access distant opportunities, save time and money, lower the risk of contracting Covid, escape gas price inflation, work from anywhere, and spend more time with family. For businesses, it provides access to a wider and more diverse talent pool. It also reduces real estate and overhead costs. Remote working increases labor productivity while reducing absenteeism. And on a national scale, it may help us avoid a wage-price spiral.” Yes, inflation factors in on this.

When it comes to the type of companies looking to hire remote workers, according to ZipRecruiter.com, it’s high on tech jobs.

“The share of job postings offering remote work was slowly growing before the pandemic, thanks to the rise of technologies such as cloud computing and video conferencing, but the trend accelerated at the start of the pandemic, and has continued to build. While about 12% of job postings overall now explicitly state that employees may work remotely, there is considerable variation across industries, with less than 1 in 50 job postings offering remote work in transportation and storage (unsurprisingly), but more than 1 in 4 job postings offering it in the technology sector.”

Read on for the top 10 companies hiring for the largest share of remote-capable jobs on ZipRecruiter in 2022. This includes those offering jobs right here in Florida. And when you work remotely you don’t have to battle the seasonal traffic. Some of these are familiar names, while others are newer. For more information, go here.

  • 10. SelectQuote

    SelectQuote has 25,799 remote jobs listed this year. “SelectQuote can be your one-stop for life, auto insurance, home insurance, Medicare insurance and more,” they say on their official website.

    SelectQuote | America's #1 Term Life Sales Agency

    Make securing a financial safety net for your loved ones your New Year's resolution. The start of a new year is a great opportunity to purchase a life insurance policy or review your current level of coverage. Even though inflation has been impacting the cost of everything, life insurance rates are declining.

  • 9. Kronos

    Kronos has 25,965 remote jobs listed this year. “Our purpose is people
    That’s why we provide HR, payroll, and workforce management technology and services that inspire your people and elevate the work experience,” they say on their official website.

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    Our purpose is people™ and we provide HR, payroll, and workforce management solutions that inspire your people and elevate the work experience.

  • 8. SAP

    SAP has 282,62 remote jobs listed this year. “Get software and technology solutions from SAP, the leader in business applications. Run simple with the best in cloud, analytics, mobile and IT solutions,” they say on their official website.

    SAP Software Solutions | Business Applications and Technology

    Get software and technology solutions from SAP, the leader in business applications. Run simple with the best in cloud, analytics, mobile and IT solutions.

  • 7. Meta

    Meta 29,052 remote jobs listed this year. Yes, this is the company that owns Facebook. “Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities and grow businesses,” they say on their official website.

    Meta | Social Metaverse Company

    Meta (formerly the Facebook company) builds technologies that help people connect, find communities and grow businesses. We're moving beyond 2D screens and into immersive experiences like virtual and augmented reality, helping create the next evolution of social technology.

  • 6. Change Healthcare

    Change Healthcare has 30,602 remote jobs listed this year. “A healthcare technology company focused on insights, innovation and accelerating the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system,” they say on their official website.

    Healthcare Technology & Business Solutions Company

    A healthcare technology company focused on insights, innovation and accelerating the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system through the power of the Change Healthcare Platform.

  • 5. Cerebral

    Cerebral has 34,526 remote jobs listed this year. “Cerebral offers online medication prescription and treatment for anxiety, depression and insomnia. Includes doctor’s visits and medication delivery,” they say on their official website.

    Cerebral | Expert Online Therapy + Mental Health Care on Your Schedule

    Cerebral offers online therapy, mental health assessments and expert care on your schedule. Includes clinician visits for anxiety, depression, insomnia and more.

  • 4. Capital One

    Capital One has 36,336 remote jobs listed this year. “Capital One can help you find the right credit cards; checking or savings accounts; auto loans; and other banking services for you or your business,” they say on their official website.

    Capital One Credit Cards, Bank, and Loans - Personal and Business

    No impact, no worries Check if you're pre-approved for card offers with no impact to your credit score. Savings starts here Keep your money growing with one of the best savings rates in America. Easier car buying Pre-qualify to see your real rate and payment before visiting the dealer.

  • 3. USAA

    USAA has 42,311 remote jobs listed this year. “USAA offers competitive auto rates, no-monthly service fee banking and retirement options to all branches of the military and their family,” they say on their official website.

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  • 2. CBRE

    CBRE has 51,304 remote jobs listed this year. “CBRE is the global leader in commercial real estate services and investments,” they say on their official website.

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  • 1. Anthem

    Anthem has 60,445 remote jobs listed this year. “Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is a trusted health insurance plan provider,” they state on their website, offering plans for Medicare, medical, dental, vision and employers.

    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield: Health Insurance, Medicare & More

    Medicaid renewals will start again soon. To stay covered, Medicaid members will need to take action. If you're concerned about losing coverage, we can connect you to the right options for you and your family.

  • Source

    This list is via ZipRecruiter.com.

Joe Winner spends his days combing through memes and off beat stories to bring you the side of Florida not always seen.