FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Southwest Florida beaches are what lure millions of people here every single year. So, when there's concern about what's in the water the impact on our area could be huge.
"It's not just important for tourism, it's important for the quality of life for everyone that lives in Southwest Florida," said FMB Mayor Anita Cereceda.
This morning, people packed the Pink Shell Resort on Fort Myers Beach. Each one works on or near the beach and says it's crucial to be educated..
"We do get asked all the time by customers on the water quality and if there is problems going on," said Chris Dawson, Assistant Manager for The Red Coconut.
Chris Dawson says he gets calls daily from guests asking about the quality of the water. Red tide is the most asked about issue.
"We have been real lucky, there hasn't been any red tide observed down here," said FMB Environmental Sciences Coordinator, Keith Laakkonen.
And recently, a bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus has made headlines. The health department says people with open wounds, a weakened immune system and chronic liver disease are most at risk. You should also avoid eating raw shell fish.
"There are certain precautions you can take but the chance of getting one the diseases is infinitesimal compared to other dangers you can have in everyday life such as a bee sting," said Laakkonen.
All in all, visitors say there is a clear difference in how our water looks this year compared to last.
"We were hear last year, the water quality was awful with all the stuff coming down the Caloosahatchee," said visitor Terry Brown.
Now, the town is about to redo the signage at the beach accesses. The mayor says she would like to see information posted about these water issues at those access points.