To Inform Florida's Citizens and Visitors about beaches
Florida's Safe Beaches
Florida Has the Best Beaches in the World
The Sunshine State has more than 8,426 miles of tidal shoreline, second only to Alaska. Sandy beaches account for over 1,350 miles of Florida coastline. From its Emerald Coast, with sugar-white beaches and rolling sand dunes, to the shell-lined sands along Sanibel Island, Floridas beaches rein supreme. These sensational shores not only appeal to the eye, but also make huge splashes for beach goers, young and old. So wherever you are in Florida, remember youre never more than 60 miles from the beach. Read more ...
Making Memories, Staying Safe
Swimming, one of the most popular activities in the country, is a fun, active, and healthy way to spend leisure time. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) encourages all parents and child care givers to be careful in their everyday responsibilities including swimming. Read more ...
Web sites for more information on Safe Swimming include:
Healthy Beaches: Water Quality
The water at most beaches is safe for
swimming, most of the time. The Healthy Beaches Program at FDOH
monitors water quality at beaches in 34 coastal Florida counties every
week. Read more ...
Nature is alive and abundant both on the beach and in the ocean waters.
Algae that makes up red tide live naturally in waters across the world.
When a bloom occurs, it can be irritating to some people. These happen
throughout the world.
Other Marine Life
Florida's water environment is a major draw for visitors.
Floridas oceans are also home to many creatures. Most are very harmless
but some have the ability to sting and bite. It is important to
recognize these animals and avoid contact. Sensitive individuals can
experience serious conditions.
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Alligators in Florida
Alligators are an important part of Florida's heritage and play an
important role in the ecology of our state's wetlands. A better
understanding of these facts and a broader knowledge of alligator
behavior will help ensure that humans and alligators can continue to
coexist. Read more ...
Tanning and Skin Protection
Almost everyone on the beach can relate to the feel-good experience of sun bathing. However, getting too much sun can result in unpleasant sunburn. Florida Department of Health (FDOH) urges citizens and visitors in Florida to protect against sunburn caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays and practice smart tanning procedures. Read more ...
Web sites for more information about Sun Protection include:
Beat the Heat
Floridas year round warm temperature draws visitors from around the
US and the world. However, Florida's climate, especially in the summer
months can be hot and humid. Your best defense against heat-related
illness is prevention. Read more ...
Fresh Florida Seafood: Eat Healthy, Eat Smart