Potential health risks on Fort Myers Beach post Idalia

Reporter: Tiffany Rizzo Writer: Nicholas Karsen
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As Florida begins to recover from the effects of Hurricane Idalia, Fort Myers Beach was not left unscathed.

Fort Myers Beach’s town square had experienced storm surge from Idalia’s impact on the Gulf coast.

The water quality had yet to be tested, meaning potentially harmful bacteria may be in the water. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County strongly recommends you not enter the Gulf of Mexico waters to swim until further tests have been done.

Surfers walking toward the Fort Myers Beach ocean. Credit: WINK

Debris on the beach ground has been recorded following the storm. People have found handfuls of construction nails scattered throughout the beach.

Caution is advised for people who visit the beach following Idalia.

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