Keep Our Paradise Perfect
Historic rains have caused Lake Okeechobee to rise above the recommended level. This has resulted in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releasing lake water. This additional water from the lake, combined with local basin runoff, will increase the amount of freshwater in the St. Lucie River leading to the Atlantic Ocean. While we work to #ProtectOurParadise, we want you to know that our beaches and waterways, along with our shopping, dining, museums, outdoor recreation, and arts and culture, are as alive as ever. Read on for ideas on how to experience paradise on and off land, and how to stand with Martin County to advocate for clean water and support our local businesses that depend on tourism.
Recommended Activities
    Martin County is home to the most bio-diverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern Hemisphere.
    Our natural Florida terrain teems with ocean side and lakeside trails, preserve woodlands, and wildlife parks for hikers, bikers and fishing enthusiasts.
    Don't forget to visit the many historical landmarks that make Martin County truly a one of a kind destination!
    Historic Downtown Stuart is home to over 50 locally owned shops, restaurants, boutiques, antique shops and art galleries all in a charming old Florida atmosphere! Three times as much money stays in your community when you shop local, independently owned, brick and mortar businesses.
Stand with the Locals

Tourism is a vital industry in Martin County that depends on the support of our local community. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us in protecting our paradise, and we urge you to stand with us in the meantime by continuing to support our many locally owned, tourism-dependent businesses. We are actively promoting the many areas of our county that are untouched and open for business, including attractions, shopping, arts, and events.

As we work to protect our paradise, it is important that we remember and share the things we love most about Martin County. While our waterways are threatened, there are still countless activities to enjoy in the area.

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Common Questions
Why has this water been released?
What about safety?
What causes the dark color water offshore?
How long will it last?
How do I stay informed?
What is the current condition of the beaches?
What is blue-green algae?
What causes blue-green algae blooms?
How long do the blooms last?
When does blue green algae become toxic?
Who can I contact to report a blue-green algae bloom or to get more information about water quality?
Thank You!

The Office of Tourism and Marketing is diligently continuing to promote Martin County. We are working closely with County staff and officials to remain informed about water conditions.

Martin County staff is in daily contact with the Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Department of Health and other agencies regarding the releases.

Should water conditions change signs will be posted for safety. If there are no signs posted, the water has been deemed safe at that time and you can enjoy various water activities. If signs are posted, please avoid contact with those areas.

Tourism is a vital industry in Martin County and we urge you to stand together with us in helping support our local businesses during these challenging times.

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