Our beaches are safe and tested weekly. The Florida Healthy Beaches Program reported all beaches throughout Lee County are open and safe for shelling and swimming. There have been no posted advisories. For more information, please visit their website.
If you're seeing dark-colored water offshore...
Water runoff from the river watershed and freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee may cause some discoloration of the water from the north end of Fort Myers Beach to the south end of Sanibel Island. This freshwater contains tannins from plants and other organic material that give the water a darker color than it normally appears.
Why has this water been released?
An above-average rainfall from several storms created conditions within Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River watersheds that resulted in large volumes of freshwater being discharged into the river and estuary.
How long will it last?
The freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee will stop once water levels return to normal. For more information, please visit the South Florida Water Management District.
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