We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time. We encourage everyone to stay at home in order to keep yourself, and others, healthy. Although you can’t visit us currently, we will continue to monitor updates related to the COVID-19 virus with local, state and federal agencies.
Updated March 31, 2020
Lee County-owned beaches and the county-owned Fort Myers Beach Pier are closed until further notice. This includes beach parking lots, restrooms and county-owned beach access points.
Within Lee County, some beaches are owned and managed by municipalities and the state. We encourage visitors to visit the following websites:
The Lee County sites that are closed include:
Lee County is also suspending LeeTran beach trolley and tram service effective Thursday, March 19, 2020.
It is recommended that on all beaches that remain open the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for social distancing be followed; this includes separating by six feet and not gathering in groups over 10. For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
The following beach cams offer real-time views of our beaches, complimentary of our partners.
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Florida Healthy Beaches Program (Florida Department of Health)- Map with beach samples & advisory status
Current Beach Conditions (MOTE Marine Laboratory)- Map with beach conditions from select beaches in Southwest Florida
Red Tide Current Sampling Map- Updated bi-weekly by The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commissions (FWC)
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF)- A local foundation dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva islands and in the surrounding watershed.
Algal Bloom Sampling Status- Interactive dashboard allows public to see where algal blooms were occurring in Florida. It features real-time updates, photos and information. Users can search by specific address, ZIP code, city or place. The tool includes quick links to other resources such as public health information.
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS)- This is an experimental forecast of potential respiratory irritation that may occur because of airborne toxins produced by the red tide organism Karenia brevis. It indicates a greater or lesser likelihood of negative conditions based on predicted wind and ocean currents. Please NOTE: This experimental forecast is currently being tested for efficacy and is not yet an official forecast. Daily availability of the product cannot be assured.