The beach, Fort Myers Beach
This phenonmenon happens when a certain type of alga called K. brevis has a population explosion or "bloom" in the ocean. During this bloom, the alga releases a toxin into the air which causes a foul odor, kills many fish, shellfish and manatees. It can cause respiratory problems in humans. During the bloom, the affected waters can also appear read in color.
From what I recall from experiencing this red tide, it moves away from the affected area in about a week or so. But during that time it was in the area, it was unpleasant and uncomfortable to conduct outdoor activities.
You will find that the police here do walk long the beach so it does give a sence of comfort too. Just don't act up and you won't have to deal with them, fly under the radar so to speak. There is a few hotel/bars along this strech of beach which can be a little noisy and full of drunken kids so if you have your family, may we suggest move down the beach a little.
Lived in Tampa/Clearwater area and absolutely loved it....Thought all of Florida Gulf coast would be as nice. Then I moved to Ft. Misery, what a disappointment. The beach waters are murkey due to the close proximity of the Coloosahachee River. And for some god forsaken reason the town leaders think they should not clean the beach of all the seaweed and red-tied ridden, dead fish. "It came in on its own and it will leave on its own". unfortunately it does not "leave on its own". See picture of one of the locals of Ft. Myers Beach, huh redneck selling ice cream for CR@$K?
TRAFFIC or Slow a#@ drivers............It will drive you crazy. There would not be as much traffic if the residents would go atleast the speed limit. Young or old, doesn't matter, they go 15 to 20 miles under the speed limit consistantly. I lived within 4 miles of my job, it would take me 30 minutes to get to work. Three lanes of people traveling in a line, going 30 in a 45. Just kill me now.
Do yourself a favor if you do not fit in with above mentioned info.....Go Somewhere Else!!!!!