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What does "barrier island" mean?

SIESTA KEY, Fla. — It started with a tickle in her throat. Then came the coughing, then the headaches.

When the symptoms began earlier this summer, Monet Sexaure, 40, who is four months pregnant, couldn't understand what was causing them.

"I thought I was coming down with a cold," she said. "But I never got a cold."

Then Sexaure went for a walk on the beach and her headache flared up — and she thought she might have figured it out. Sexaure lives in Siesta Key, a barrier island off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. That's right in the path of the state's toxic red tide.

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