The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is sampling beaches and testing the water for enterococcus, a group of bacteria that normally reside in the intestinal tract of animals and may indicate fecal matter pollution. Updates are posted in several places including county websites. Visit the Florida Health website to check the status of each beach.
Conditions might change over time as tides change or as runoff continues. Use caution before attending. Another bacterium to be aware of when working with open wounds near salt or brackish water is Vibrio vulnificus. More information can be found on the state and Lee County Department of Health websites.
It might be safest to refrain or limit interactions with impacted coastal waters, if possible, especially in areas that may have marine debris or a compromised sewage system or if you have cuts and scrapes. Additionally, weather such as rain or wind can flush still-developing upland pollutants towards the sea but efforts to remove environmental hazards are a priority. — Sipos
Looks like bacteria levels are starting to be pushed out but stay up to date and check with local DOH and emergency management for the latest updates. There is also some displaced wildlife in the water bodies right now, be careful of that too. (Rose)
There is a lot of debris, including metal and other items, that have been washed out into the ocean, so use extreme caution. — Outerbridge
There is a coordinated effort among agencies to identify and remove storm debris from state-owned waters, but it is not exhaustive. If boaters see significant hazards in the water, they need to report it to their county public works department. Conversations surrounding a platform to log marine debris online are still ongoing. — Rose