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City releases update on water quality conditions

August 24, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The city of Sanibel reported today that the island remains surrounded by a red tide bloom.

Without consistency, each day sections of the shoreline are void of dead sea life. However, the island continues to experience dead sea life washing up on various sections of the shoreline.

On Aug. 18, the carcass of a manatee carcass was retrieved from an east-side canal. For the past two days, the east end canals have been clear of dead sea life.

The city continues to augment staff crews with contract labor and equipment.

If you encounter a large carcass needing removal, email the address to - photos and an exact location help - or contact the Public Works Department at 239-472-6397.

As of end-of-business on Aug. 21, the city had removed 408 tons of dead sea life from the island's shores, including a whale shark but not including what was collected in the bay and canals.

The total cost for the cleanup through Aug. 19 is approximately $1.12 million.

Pursing full cost recovery is a high priority, according to officials.

The city has suspended fees at all beach parking lots.

The Florida Department of Health is responsible for testing the waters at public beaches and informing the public of the water quality. For more information, visit or call 239-332-9501.



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