Water-Related News

Cape Yacht Club beach reopens; no toxins in water

CAPE CORAL – The Cape Coral Yacht Club beach reopened Thursday after the latest testing results from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection showed no toxins in the water, the city manager said.

FDEP sampled the waters at the Yacht Club on Monday and posted the results Thursday morning.

“Based on these results, we are reopening the Yacht Club beach for swimming,” said city manager John Szerlag. “I will continue to push for continuity between FDEP and our county health departments relative to when swimming advisories should be issued for public beaches.”

Some who visited the Yacht Club on Thursday were still skeptical of entering the water despite the beach being back open.

“I had a little time off, wanted to see how the water’s doing. I heard the beach is open today, but still doesn’t look too good to me,” Bob Buhler said.

There are still moderate levels of bacteria at the Yacht Club, according to the Department of Health in Lee County, but not enough to warrant a health advisory.

Despite concerns, those who work at the Boathouse Tiki Bar and Grill are glad the beach is back open. General manager Mickey Ferry said business took a hit while the signs were up.

“There is a percentage of sales that we feel like we did lose,” Ferry said. “Normally people come out to the beach, then they come up on the deck, have something to eat.”