Current Water Quality Conditions (
July 14, 2016)
Fort Myers Beach is greatly concerned with the blue-green algae outbreak that is occurring on the east coast of Florida and we are keeping a watchful eye on possible blooms that could occur on Fort Myers Beach. The town’s top concern is the safety and health of all of our citizens as well as keeping our beaches beautiful and as natural as we can. Algae is a naturally occurring phenomena that is typical in Florida, particularly during summer. A harmful algal bloom (HAB) is a higher than normal concentration of a toxic or nuisance algae species which can negatively affect natural resources or humans. Scientists prefer the phrase “harmful algal bloom” to “red tide” because algal blooms are not always red and are not related to the tides. However, Lee County Environmental Lab and Lee County Health Department are conducting tests throughout the county beaches to make sure that the blue-green algae and red tide monitoring is as up to date as possible for all its beaches, including Fort Myers Beach.
Current Fort Myers Beach Conditions:
- All beaches are open for swimming
- No significant blue-green algae blooms
Current Water Conditions for Area Beaches and the Caloosahatchee River
- Florida Department of Health's Florida Healthy Beaches Program
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Red Tide Status
- Department of Environmental Protection Algal Blooms Monitoring and Response For Florida
- ? ?South Florida Water Management District Lake Okeechobee Water Level
- Lee County Environmental Laboratory Water Testing FAQ
What does the Blue-Green Algae State of Emergency mean for Fort Myers Beach?
On June 30th 2016 Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order for Lee County on the west coast related to blue-green algae. That set in motion a series of events including limiting the flow of water into Lake Okeechobee and reducing discharges to the west from the Lake. The inclusion of Lee County in the Executive Order ensures that the Town of Fort Myers Beach will receive fair treatment and trigger additional resources to help combat poor water quality if such conditions occur.
Blue-Green Algae State of Emergency Fact Sheet
Blue-Green Algae Information (Florida Department of Environmental Protection)
Blue Green Algae Facts & Safety Tips (Florida Department of Health)
6/29/16 State of Emergency Executive Order (Office of the Governor)
6/30/16 State of Emergency Executive Order Amended to Include Lee and Palm Beach Counties (Office of the Governor)