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More algae blooms sighted in Southwest Florida

Posted at 11:17 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 18:17:40-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Green algae is now turning up along Southwest Florida's coast.

People say the water doesn't look or smell right, and sightings of algae blooms have been reported in North Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

While some people were swimming at the Cape Coral Yacht Club Monday, a number of children just played in the sand.  Mothers are forbidding their kids to go into the water.  Lacey Tangretti says, "Its not good for the kids. They can't swim in it."

Austin Gerrero is in grade school and he didn't argue with his mother when told not to swim.  "The water down there looks orange and yellow. Doesn't look normal," says Gerrero.

The Florida Department of Health and the Lee County Health Department have signs posted saying the water is tested regularly and right now the water is safe.

Nevertheless, residents like Susan Kelly in North Fort Myers had this to say, "We've been working out here all morning. And, I notice that I do have a burn in my throat and my nose and my eyes are watery."

If you see algae blooms you're encouraged to report it.

The Governor set up a hotline. Just call 1-855-305-3903 or file a report at www.reportalgalbloom.com.