Oct 08, 2017
Higher than Usual Tides Affect Southwest Florida
By Nestor Montoya
Parts of Southwest Florida experienced unusually high tides on Saturday Oct, 7. The increase in water level was caused by a combination of Hurricane Nate in the Gulf and a nearly full moon.
Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva, and Marco Island were some of the affected areas.
"The water level was quite high," said Cassandra Stahl, visiting Fort Myers Beach. The tide reached close to four feet in height. "We pretty much put all of our beach stuff in the bushes because there was no beach," she said.
In Marco Island, police issued a warning for boaters to secure their vessels after a couple had floated into Sanctuary Sound. Marco Island resident Rodger Parcelles made sure to tie his boat down.
“Folks that are here using their boats, and they don’t have the extra lines on them, the lift’s a little lower than it might be — they gotta watch out extra for those high tides," Parcelles said.
He said a boat that's floating freely in the water could get damaged or even damage another boat if they collide with one another.
"The tide may actually come up under your boat while you’re at dinner, and your boat could eventually float away," he said. People might still notice the high tide and winds Sunday, but the highest levels should begin to drop.