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Health officials alert residents near Franklin Lock of blue-green algae

Photos: Algae crisis in Lee County in summer 2018
Posted at 2:37 PM, Jul 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-01 14:37:09-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health took a water sample on June 27 that showed presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins.

Authorities are telling residents and visitors near the Franklin Lock C43 Canal - S79 (upstream) the following:

- Do not drink, swim, wade or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom.
- If you come in contact with discolored or smelly water, wash your skin and clothing with soap and water.
- Keep pets away from the area so they do not drink the water.
- Do not cook or clean dishes with contaminated water.
- Fish fillets should be rinsed with tap or bottled water and the guts should be thrown out.
- Do not eat shellfish in waters with algae blooms.

To learn more about the health effects of algal blooms, go to Florida Health’s website.

For current information about Florida’s water quality status, visit