Welcome to Mote's Beach Conditions Report
The Beach Conditions Report™, was created by Mote Marine Laboratory in 2006 to provide up-to-date information about red tide impacts on local beaches.
The Beach Conditions Report™ covers 26 beaches along Florida's Gulf Coast from the Panhandle south to Lee County. Reports, provided by specially trained observers, are updated twice daily at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 365 days a year. Each report is time stamped so that the public knows when it was last updated.
Reports are provided by lifeguards, parks personnel and beach patrol officers who use smart phones to upload information directly to the web via special interface designed by Mote. Click here for the Reports or to sign up to receive reports about particular beaches via e-mail. You may also call 941-BEACHES to listen to Reports over the phone.
Florida beaches included in the Beach Conditions Report™ are:
- Escambia County: Pensacola Beach
- Okaloosa County: Fort Walton Beach, Henderson Beach State Park • Gulf County: St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, both Gulfside and Bayside
- Franklin County: St. George Island State Park, both Bayside and Gulfside
- Pinellas County: Caladesi Island, Fort DeSoto Park, Clearwater Beach
- Manatee County: Manatee Beach, Coquina Beach
- Sarasota County: Lido Key, Siesta Key, Nokomis, Venice North Jetty, Venice Beach, Manasota Beach
- Charlotte/Lee County (Boca Grande): Gasparilla Island South Bridge, Gasparilla Island State park Lighthouse
- Lee County: Bowditch Point Park, Lynn Hall Beach Park, Lovers Key State Park, Bonita Beach, , Bowman’s Beach, Holiday Inn – Little Estero, Newton Park, Tween Waters Inn , Sunset Beach, Captiva, South Seas Island Resort, Blind Pass, Gulf Side, City Park, Woodring Point, Bailey Beach, Causeway Islands, Bunche Beach
The Beach Conditions Report™ includes information about:
- Whether dead fish are present and whether there is respiratory irritation among beachgoers
- Water color and wind direction
- Whether and where red drift algae are present
- At beaches with lifeguards, reports on rip currents are also provided.
- During the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, the Beach Conditions Report™ expanded to include information about "Gulf Oil Spill Impact." As it was no longer needed, the category has since been discontinued.
The Beach Conditions Report is implemented by Mote’s Environmental Health Program. Project partners include the Florida Department of Health, Sarasota County Lifeguard Operations and others. The information gathered for the Beach Conditions Report is also shared with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which formulates a Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin that predicts the movements of harmful algal blooms. The Beach Conditions Report is helping NOAA improve its forecasting ability.
- Beach Conditions Report
- The difference between red tide and red drift algae
- FAQs about Florida red tide
- Mote red tide research and monitoring overview
Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.