Fort Myers Beach:Current Water Quality Conditions (July 21, 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 DOH Florida Healthy Beaches Program

Florida FWC Red Tide Status

DEP Algal Blooms Monitoring and Response For Florida

Lee County Environmental Laboratory Water Testing FAQ