Naples Gulf Access was recently disturbed by Tropical Storm Nestor, whose strong winds helped to blow surface layer red tide back into portions of Collier County, Florida, last week. While the outlook calls for the red tide to dissipate from Naples Gulf Access before season begins January 1, the present has some cause for concern. Usually, red tide remains to the North, in Lee County, and does not make it as far South to Collier County locations, including Naples and Marco Island. Tropical Storm Nestor had different plans, however, causing some late season red tide disruptions to Naples residents, homeowners and wildlife in October.
Red tide is a natural phenomenon caused by the organism Karenia brevis. Some controversy exists, however, if the algae blooms have been caused by an excess of nutrients from farms and growing Southwest Florida cities. The problem is exacerbated when red tide blooms emit toxins into the air we breathe and water habited by various wildlife. Some groups of dead fish have been recently reported in Collier County, and displaced sea turtles washed up on the Beach.
With the dry season beginning November 1 and more favorable weather patterns emerging in Naples Gulf Access, the red tide is set to recede imminently. The future of the quality of the air and water is set to improve. This is good news for Naples Gulf Access residents, homeowners.boaters, tourists and wildlife heading down to beautiful Naples, Florida. While it’s disappointing to see problems in the precious water that makes the Gulf of Mexico so special, it’s comforting to know the problem is natural and will pass very soon. Meanwhile, the Government is looking into more specifics about red tide and how it can be prevented from disturbing Naples Gulf Access year round.
Posted on October 30, 2019 at 9:42 am by Jared Sugerman