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People swimming in Sanibel beaches despite some red drift algae

Posted at 6:56 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 18:56:00-04

SANIBEL, Fla. — The City of Sanibel said they’ve noticed red drift algae on beaches like Turner this week, but it wasn’t as visible by Friday. They said that’s because it can move depending on wind direction.

The presence of red drift at Bowman’s Beach didn’t stop visitors like Marie Allmendinger from taking a swim

“You had to get through the muck first, but it was beautiful,” she said. “Any day at the beach is a good day. It’s a little smelly. But it’s all good.”

Bruce Michon visited Lighthouse Beach Friday, which was clear of red drift and said he’s staying cautious just in case.

“I’m sure it can come back and if it does, I won’t go in the water,” he said.

The city of Sanibel said most of their beaches are currently in good to excellent condition. They organized a cleanup project to get rid of the red drift algae over the course of four days, but discontinued it, because of insufficient algae presence at Lighthouse Beach Park and Gulfside City Park.