3339 Tamiami Trail East
Bldg H Ste. 302
Naples, FL 34112
**We do not have any cases of vibrio vulnificus in Collier County. Vibrio is a bacteria which is naturally occurring in salt water. Contracting it is rare, but always possible. To avoid contacting vibrio, we recommend people who have open cuts or who are immune-compromised avoid swimming in salt water. We also caution people who are immune-compromised to avoid eating raw fish, especially oysters. These recommendations are not new and do not suggest swimming is unsafe. They serve only as reminders.
The Florida Department of Health in Collier County monitors beach water quality by taking water samples every two weeks at 10 beach locations along the Collier County coastline. We follow the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines for detection of bacteria. Our beach water quality continues to test as healthy. Only three times in the past decade (once in 2007 and twice in 2003), have we had to post an advisory due to higher enterococci bacteria levels. We continue to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy our beautiful beaches in Collier County.**
-Stephanie Vick, MS, BSN, RN, Administrator
Sunny days, beautiful white sand beaches and that oh-so-gorgeous turquoise water; are there any better reasons to visit, or better yet, live here? But, how do we know if our beaches are safe? The Healthy Beaches program tests water samples weekly for Enterococcus Bacteria, which helps to indicate the water quality of our beautiful beaches here in Collier County.
We test 12 sites throughout the county. If two (2) consecutive samples are returned in poor condition, information containing a warning or advisories will be posted stating that swimming is not recommended due to high bacteria counts and a possible health hazard.
8am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Permitting and Inspection
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Services Not Covered
The Beaches program does not cover the removal of nuisance, injured, sick or dead wildlife from public beaches in Collier County. Please contact Florida Fish and Wildlife by web or phone at 888-404-FWCC (3922).
Complaints should be directed by e-mail or telephone to our department.