We wanted to follow up with another update on our local water conditions, as we had such a favorable response to the Water Quality Update that was posted on our blog last week (July 6). In that post, we explained how recent news reports have erroneously implied Sanibel beaches are experiencing the same volume of blue-green algae blooms that are currently plaguing some areas of Florida’s East Coast.
As of this posting, the gulf waters off the shores of Ocean’s Reach remain clear, according to daily beach condition reports published by Mote Marine Laboratory. The waters off the coast of Ocean’s Reach continue to be deemed safe for swimming by the Florida Department of Health, and there have been no posted warnings or advisories.
The pictures above were taken yesterday (July 13), showing guests enjoying their vacations both in and out the water. (If you look closely, you’ll see a marked sea turtle nest just off our walkway, too!)
We also want to share a couple of new resources designed to further monitor water quality conditions around Southwest Florida. Lee County has announced a comprehensive Water Quality Status section on their website, and our local Visitor and Convention Bureau is also featuring current beach conditions on their site, as well, highlighting a series of webcams located around the area. The webcam for Casa Ybel Resort shows up-to-the-minute beach conditions just next door to Ocean’s Reach.