The weather for outlook for September 24th through October 2nd will be partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of typical summer afternoon or scattered thunderstorms. Favorable easterly winds should make for good beach days. Temperatures will range from highs in the high 80's to low 90's and the mid-70's at night.
The latest report from Collier County shows No Red Tide Present at Naples Beach at the Pier and Marco Island beaches. There are low levels in the water at Barefoot, Vanderbilt, Seagate beaches, and some red tide has been detected out in the Gulf 23 to 30 miles offshore.
Some dead fish washed up on beaches north of Naples Pier including Vanderbilt Beach last week but were quickly cleaned. Most likely red tide organisms and dead fish were carried by winds coming from the north and west. A switch to more easterly winds should lead to improved conditions. Since there are still some red tide outbreaks in areas to the north or out in the Gulf, shifting winds could possibly bring it onshore. People with chronic respiratory illnesses such as asthma or emphysema should avoid going to the beach as these illnesses may be aggravated. Conditions can change daily due to winds and tides and may be different depending on which beach is visited.
There has been no red tide in the Ten Thousand Islands and Gulf Coast Everglades. Fishing, boating, kayak excursions and manatee sightseeing tours are going out daily. The Naples Pier webcam has been showing many people fishing and enjoying the beach near the pier. Marco Island beaches and Naples Beach south of the pier also look good, where water has been clear for the past several weeks. Marco Island beaches remain free of red tide impacts.
The waters in Rookery Bay just east of Marco Island have remained free of red tide. Fox 4 TV reports on Marco Island kayak tour operators benefiting from the lack of red tide in the area. Click here to watch the story.
Check the links on this page to view live webcams and for links to beach conditions report maps. For detailed reports on beaches, check the Mote Marine status maps at VisitBeaches.org.
Want to know more about Florida Red Tide? Red Tide is a naturally-occurring organism and blooms begin offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Winds and tides can move red tide closer to beaches and inlets. When red tide blooms the Karenia brevis organism releases a toxic substance into the water and the air that can cause respiratory irritation in humans and can kill fish and sea life. Review the MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's informative Red Tide FAQ.
You can find red tide updates for Naples and Marco Island beaches here, or by calling the Collier County Red Tide Hotline, 239-252-2591. You can also check the MOTE Marine Beach Conditions report map. And you can also check the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Red Tide Status reports.
Still have questions? Click here to watch a presentation about red tide by Collier County Pollution Control.
The water quality in the Florida's Paradise Coast region including Naples, Marco Island and the beaches in the wilderness sections of the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge and the Gulf Coast portion of Everglades National Park are not being impacted by outbreaks of blue-green algae. News reports about this type of algae outbreak are focused on other areas.
The photo collage below on this page includes very recent images taken by visitors and sourced through Instagram. To share your photos with us, use the hashtag #ParadiseCoast.
Click on the webcam links to view beaches, rivers and other great spaces.