Water-Related News

Sanibel City Council starts red drift algae pilot program

The Sanibel City Council initiated a program to collect red drift algae from offshore waters.

Natural Resources Director James Evans said Hurricane Dorian produced very strong north winds. Officials believe the storm ripped algae from the structures to which is attached offshore and deposited it on Sanibel beaches.

"This isn't just a Sanibel issue. We are seeing algae on the beach from Sanibel all the way down to Collier County and a number of communities are actively removing it from their beaches," he said.

On Sanibel, was is moderate to heavy drift algae on its gulf beaches from Beach Access One on West Gulf Drive to Lighthouse Beach Park. As of Monday, Sept. 9, there were significant deposits from West Wind to the Village of Sanibel, at Gulfside City Park down to Lighthouse Beach Park.