Collier County residents and visitors alike can rejoice as two more popular beach access points officially open this Friday, just in time for the holiday season.
Clam Pass Park Beach, access at 465 Seagate Drive and Vanderbilt Beach, including the parking garage at 100 Vanderbilt Beach Road, has reopened.
The reopening of these beaches comes after a two-month-long closure due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Ian in September. Clean-up and walkway repairs are still ongoing, and Lowdermilk Park remains closed, being used as a staging area for beach grading by the county. The Naples Grande Beach Resort tram service will also resume with the beach re-opening, allowing guests to take a direct ride from the resort to the beach.
This news follows the reopening of Bluebill, South Marco, and Tigertail Beach in October and North Gulf Shore and Vanderbilt Beach Access #2, 4, and #6 last month.
Beachgoers are reminded to be cautious, as there could still be dangerous objects hidden in the water or sand, including glass, metal, wood, and plastic. A red tide advisory is still posted on the Department of Health in Collier’s website, recommending against swimming when there are dead fish in the water. The algae bloom can worsen chronic respiratory ailments.
The city of Naples has also reopened a limited number of beach accesses and a small section of the Naples Pier. This includes Horizon Way, Via Miramar, 1977 Gulf Shore Blvd N (pathway - no parking), Central Avenue, 5th Ave South, 9th Ave South, Broad Ave South, Pier - only 100-feet west of stairs, 12th Ave South parking, 13th Ave South, and 17th Ave South.
Collier County residents and visitors, rejoice! With these beach access points reopened, you can now enjoy the sun-filled days and the beautiful beaches of Southwest Florida this holiday season.