As has been reported in the news, a variety of factors have combined to create water quality issues in Southwest Florida that have impacted beaches from Sarasota to Naples. Foremost among water issues and challenges facing Sanibel and Captiva Islands is the significant and unusual red tide bloom, which has been amplified by a strong westerly wind lasting almost seven days, pushing the algae bloom toward the beaches. However, it’s important to note that our barrier island beaches are affected differently, based on location, and that these conditions can change daily.

Currently, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts is launching a number of communications measures, with the goal to inform you as best we can on current beach conditions relative to Sanibel Island and Captiva Island beach resorts and vacation rental properties.

To accomplish this, we plan the following:

1. Clear Purpose will post on a regular basis actual photos of Sanibel and Captiva beaches, with date and time of day noted.

2. Clear Purpose will provide here and on our websites link(s) to various governmental agencies that monitor beach conditions, thereby giving you the official word from official sources. One very reliable and detailed information site is, from the Mote Marine Laboratory.

3. Saturday, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts will announce additional measures for guests as a thank you for their patronage and patience, understanding that these conditions can impact their stay and your satisfaction — and that, wish as we might, no one on our islands has control over nature or other factors.

4. Just as importantly, we introduce today our CLEAR PURPOSE website designed to provide you an impartial, up-to-the-moment resource on Sanibel and Captiva water issues, beach conditions, health information, weather updates and more — assisting residents in the enjoyment of their islands, and visitors in the planning and enjoyment of their vacations.

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