By: Danny Berger
As many of you may know, Lee and Collier county beaches can unfortunately be affected by red tide. Red tide in southwest Florida is a naturally occurring phenomenon that can last anywhere from a few days to well over a year, and thankfully the beaches have started to look pretty good again for the last month and a half. This past summer was particularly bad for red tide, which led to a little bit of hysteria and false information about red tide at our beaches. With that being said, I wanted to help set the record straight about red tide in southwest Florida and provide a bunch of reliable red tide resources all in one place for people to see. For starters, check out Collier County Pollution Control’s red tide facts and myths video/PowerPoint, it has a ton of really useful (and scientifically backed) information about red tide.
Also, check out the compiled list below for more information regarding red tide in southwest Florida:
By: Danny Berger
UPDATE: Collier county visitor beach parking permits are no longer available to non-county residents as of fall 2017 ☹. Read more about it here and here. However, much of the information, such as locations, phone numbers, and addresses are still accurate, so we have decided to leave the original blog post as is.
Several months after moving from Lee County to Collier County, I was looking at some reviews on Google for some Collier County beaches that I had never been to, when I stumbled across an interesting comment made by another user. The user had casually mentioned that you could park at that particular beach for free if you had a Collier County beach parking permit. This naturally caught my attention because I despise paying for parking at the beach, especially since my wife and I go quite often. At first, I had thought that maybe this was some kind of joke, and I really didn’t believe what they said was true, but thankfully acquiring a Collier County beach parking permit is a real thing and is easy to do!
It doesn’t matter if you’re a property owner, vacationer, or snowbird, no one is left out when it comes to acquiring a beach parking permit. However, beach parking permits are free to residents because they are included in Collier County residential property taxes. If you’re not a property owner or are just visiting, no worries, annual permits can be purchased for $50 (which makes sense to look into if you plan on visiting the beach at least six times since public beach parking is $8). See the guidelines and locations from the Collier County website listed below to see where and how to pick up your beach parking permit.
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Residents Beach Parking Permits
Residents pay for beach permits in their property taxes and may pick up a beach sticker at any community center at a Collier County Park.
Residents are required to provide documentation proving their residency. Read the below list.
Full time Residents must provide the following to obtain a parking permit:
Part time Resident Property Owners must provide the following to obtain a parking sticker:
Mobile Home Owners please note:
Take your documentation to:
Visitor Beach Parking Permits
Locations to obtain $50 Visitor/Non-Resident Beach Parking Permit
The permit must be permanently adhered to the driver's side lower left corner of the windshield to be valid. No tape or lamination. You may adhere these on rental cars, if you have permission from the rental company, however Collier County is not responsible for damage charges.
Permits may not be moved from one vehicle to another. The permit must remain with the vehicle with which it was registered.
If any other beach parking information is needed, call 239-252-4000, or go to http://www.colliergov.net/your-government/divisions-f-r/parks-and-recreation/beaches-and-boats/beach-parking-information#Residents.
For more information about Collier County’s beaches and boat parks, visit http://www.colliergov.net/your-government/divisions-f-r/parks-and-recreation/beaches-and-boats.