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Old 07-09-2016, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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The smells and odors that are normal for any saltmarsh or wetlands are present in SW Fl. The amount of and the size of the bodies of water will mean you are always around some lake, pond, canal, river or the Gulf of Mexico. They all have a natural odor to them. If those smells are offensive, then you may need to rethink your plan because they are always present.
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Old 07-10-2016, 12:28 PM
 
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Default Beautiful water

Spent yesterday at Bowman's Beach- water was an awesome turquoise!!!
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Old 07-19-2016, 06:31 AM
 
Location: NYC Suburb
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lol. Please don't take this wrong. I'm not trying to be rude. If you find the smell of swamp intolerable, SWFL might very well be a place where you don't want to live. The rainy season is summer time, and there is a lot of standing water everywhere. Some places have more of it than others, but you aren't going to be able to escape swamp if you live in the middle of one. Cape Coral with all its canals has pretty good drainage, so there's a lot less of it there, but there's also a lot less tropical vegetation. Some people don't like that. I'd suggest a long vacation to kick around and see what the whole area is like.

Red tide isn't common though. You'll rarely have to deal with that, and unless you're wealthy, you won't live close enough to the gulf to have any problems with it at home.
No offense taken, I'm looking for advice and I appreciate it. I don't think I'm going to stay in the SWFL for very long anyway but just looking to get some insight on what to expect.

Thanks
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Old 07-19-2016, 06:35 AM
 
Location: NYC Suburb
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The smells and odors that are normal for any saltmarsh or wetlands are present in SW Fl. The amount of and the size of the bodies of water will mean you are always around some lake, pond, canal, river or the Gulf of Mexico. They all have a natural odor to them. If those smells are offensive, then you may need to rethink your plan because they are always present.
I don't find the smell of bodies of waters offensive. I find the smells of sewers and water treatment plants offensive. I love the smell of the ocean and was just in Alaska and was surrounded by the smell of harbors (slight fish and ocean water smell) and was not bothered. I was referring to the smell of trash or raw sewage that I smelt when I first left the airport. I didn't find any other bad smells in the area.
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Old 07-24-2016, 07:02 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Cape Coral yacht club 2 days ago
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Old 07-24-2016, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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The discoloration is caused almost entirely from naturally occurring tannins in the 1,400-square-mile Caloosahatchee River Basin involving runoff from 900,000 acres on both sides of the river. Just because the water is brownish doesn't mean it is polluted. Of course the water from Lake O also has pollutants in it. But even without the lake releases, heavy rains would bring tannins down river and tint the water.
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Old 07-26-2016, 06:29 AM
 
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We drove over to Ft Myers Beach last night. Condition of the water looked about the same as what Sweetbottoms posted in a pic in this thread. My daughter calls it "Pepsi-water." I didn't detect any smell, and there were people swimming in it.
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Old 07-26-2016, 01:05 PM
 
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We were in fort Myers Beach last week and also in March. The difference between the water was that in March it was very murky.water just past my ankles and I could not see my toes. DID not make me want to swim. Now the water is brownish, but clear. Just like a wisconsin lake.
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:25 PM
 
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Looks enjoyable... lol. I'm very surprised that the water looks that way. I never would have thought that of the water in Florida. I guess I'm just used to the water in the NE. Thank you for the picture though.
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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The water in the NE is clear and blue? Where, at Jones Beach? I think not. In Florida the water is tinted brownish near any of the rivers that flow into the gulf. Go a few miles north or south and the water returns to its normal clear turquoise color. When rainy season ends and flows from the rivers subside, the water returns to its clear bluish color here too.
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