Jellyfish remain at Collier County beaches
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CREATED Jul. 16, 2013
NAPLES, Fla.- Are swimmers sticking to the shore or are they back in the water? The city of Naples received many complaints about jellyfish over 4th of July weekend. So are the creatures still causing a problem?
Ben Palmer is looking for a catch off of the Naples Pier. The water there looks clear except for a few spineless stragglers.
"Mainly just small ones about 3-4 inches in diameter. I only saw only about 3 to 4 today," said Palmer.
The city of Naples says the majority of beachgoers complaining about jellyfish stings happened over the 4th of July weekend. Swimmers spotted the creatures at the Naples Pier and also on the beaches near Lowdermilk Park.
"Have you heard of any complaints from swimmers," asked reporter Julie Salomone.
"I haven't, but actually I was swimming last weekend I was getting alittle tingly feeling on the back of my leg like there were some jellyfish around," said Palmer.
The Sicilia family is visiting from Deerfield Beach and they're giving our beaches a second try.
A couple days ago the jellyfish were just too much to handle.
"We noticed it here at the Naples beach and some on Vanderbilt beach prevented us from swimming and ended up leaving and doing other things with the kids, the kids were disappointed," said Marisa Sicilia, visiting from Deerfield Beach.
Fisherman say they've noticed the creatures still in the water, but not as many. The health department hasn't received any official complaints, but have heard of beachgoers being annoyed by jellyfish.
"My song was stung with one just 2 days ago. It might deter us from not coming back here again," said Sicilia.