Expect sunny days and cool nights this week.
The latest red tide tests show the organism that causes red tide, Karenia brevis, is not present at Naples and Marco Island area beaches. A red tide bloom was detected in the Gulf between 6 and 20 miles west of Keewaydin Island and 5 miles west of Big Marco Pass.
For detailed reports on beaches, check the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's new interactive Red Tide Status Map with daily sampling results; or the Mote Marine red tide status maps at VisitBeaches.org.
Check the links on this page to view live webcams.
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 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.
Facts About Red Tide
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.
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.