If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1
Residents of Lake Worth are served by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office – District 14.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office – District 14
120 North G Street
Lake Worth, FL 33460
Main Phone: 561.586.1611
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...Would like to remind residents, to reduce the chances of YOU becoming the victim of a burglary, keep your home & vehicles locked at all times. Also, don't leave valuables in your car. Call in suspicious activity to 561.688.3400, for emergencies call 9-1-1.
If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1
Residents of Lake Worth are served by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue – Battalion 3
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue – Station 91
1020 Lucerne Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33460
Battalion Chief Matt Gaffney: 561.233.0143
District Chief's Office: 561.547.7852 ext. 3
Beach Safety & Rip Current Awareness
Beat the Heat
Apply Sunscreen & Hydrate Often
Seek the Shade: Trees, Umbrellas, Cabanas...
Avoid Unprotected UV Exposure
Wear Sun Protective Clothing, Hat & Sunglasses
Stay Attentive to Your Child's Whereabouts
Keep All Children Within an Arm's Reach While in the Water
Make Sure All Children Have Proper Flotation Devices
When the Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
Seek Shelter Immediately
Wait One (1) Hour After the Storm to Resume Activities
Break the Grip of the Rip!
Don't Fight the Current - Swim Out & Then to Shore
If You Can't Escape, Call for Help or Wave for Assistance
Marine Wildlife | Be Aware of Your Surroundings!
Jellyfish: Be Aware of Purple Flags Flying
Man o'War: Scan Before You Step
Sting Rays: Shuffle, Don't Step
Lion Fish: Keep Your Hands to Yourself
Beach Flags | Know the Meanings
Purple: Dangerous Marine Life
Green: Low Hazard
Yellow: Medium Hazard
Red: High Hazard
Double Red Flags: Water is Closed to the Public
Beach Activities | Know the Rules of the Lake Worth Beach
Always Listen to the Lifeguards!
Body Boards | Surf Boards
Skim Boards | Snorkeling/Surfing Around the Pier | Flying Objects | Kites
Lake Worth Ocean Rescue
Lake Worth Ocean Rescue |10 South Ocean Boulevard | 561.585.6858
- Guarded daily from 9am – 5pm
- Lifeguard towers are located on the north and south side of William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier
- All lifeguards are certified through the American Red Cross
- All lifeguards are trained in First Aid & CPR for the Professional Rescuer
- All lifeguards are skilled in recognizing potential hazards – please heed any warnings given
- Your SAFETY is the lifeguard’s number ONE PRIORITY
What is red tide?
A red tide is a higher-than-normal concentration of a microscopic alga (plantlike organism). In the Gulf of Mexico, it is Karenia brevis, often abbreviated as K. brevis. At high concentrations, the organisms may discolor the water, sometimes red, light or dark green, brown or the water may appear clear.
What causes red tide?
A red tide bloom develops when biology (the organisms), chemistry (natural or man-made nutrients for growth) and physics (tides, winds, currents) work to produce the algal bloom. No one factor causes the development of a red tide bloom.
Where can I check the status of red tide at my local beach?
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) (opens in new window)
Red Tide Current Status and Mote Marine Laboratory (opens in new window)
Are red tides new?
No. Red tides were documented in the Gulf of Mexico as far back as the 1700s and along Florida's Gulf Coast since the 1840s. While red tides and other algal blooms occur worldwide, K. brevis is found almost exclusively in the Gulf of Mexico but has been found on the east coast of Florida and off the coast of North Carolina.
How long does a red tide last?
Red tide blooms can last days, weeks or months, and can also change daily due to wind conditions and ocean currents.
Is it safe to swim in water affected by red tide?
While people swim in red tide, some individuals may experience skin irritation and burning eyes. If your skin is easily irritated, avoid red tide water. If you experience irritation, get out of the ocean and thoroughly wash off with fresh water.
Can red tide affect me when I am not on the beach?
People in coastal areas near the shoreline may experience varying degrees of eye, nose, and throat irritation. When a person leaves an area with red tide, symptoms usually go away. If symptoms persist, please seek medical attention.
Are there people who are more sensitive to the toxins caused by red tide?
People with respiratory problems (like asthma, emphysema or bronchitis) should avoid red tide areas, especially when winds are blowing on shore. If you go to the beach and have one of these conditions, you should be very cautious. If you have symptoms, leave the beach and seek air conditioning (A/C). If symptoms persist, please seek medical attention.
What can I do to lessen the effects of red tide?
People usually get relief from respiratory symptoms by being in air-conditioned spaces. This is also true when driving: keep your car windows up and the A/C or heat on. For people without asthma or any other chronic respiratory problems, over-the-counter antihistamines may relieve symptoms. People with chronic lung ailments should be especially vigilant about taking prescribed medications daily. Always seek medical care if your symptoms worsen.
Can red tide affect pets?
Just like people, pets may be affected by red tide. If you live close to the beach, consider bringing outdoor pets inside during a bloom to prevent respiratory irritation. If you are at the beach with your pets, do not allow them to play with dead fish or foam that may accumulate on the beach during or after a red tide. If your pet swims in the red tide, wash them off with freshwater as soon as possible.
Is Seafood in the Area Safe to Eat?
Clams and oysters (mollusks) can contain red tide toxins that cause Neurotoxic Shellfish Poisoning. Check local harvesting status before collecting at FreshFromFlorida.com. Finfish caught live and healthy can be eaten if filleted and rinsed thoroughly. Edible meat of crabs, shrimp and lobsters (shellfish) can be eaten (do not eat the tomalley - the green digestive gland - of shellfish). Do not eat distressed or animals found dead under any circumstances.
Where can I get more health and safety information on red tide?
Florida Department of Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (opens in new window)