What is Thor Guard?

Thor Guard is a lightening tracker that predicates lightning in and around the area of Pelican Bay. According to Collier County, lightning is the number one cause of weather-related fatalities in Florida. Pelican Bay strives to keep all members and guests safe and the Thor Guard lightening tracker helps us in doing so.

How Do I Monitor Thor Guard? 

The ability for members to make informed decisions by checking Thor Guard is made available through these various channels:

  1. Thor Guard monitors at Foundation buildings and all tram stations (with the exception of Tram Station #1).
  2. Pelican Bay mobile app under the “Weather” tab.
  3. PelicanBay.org under Beach Conditions and the Restaurants pages.
  4. Conditions and the Restaurants pages.

Thor Guard monitors are fixed at all tram stations, displaying a radar map and accompanying alert message that broadcasts a range of messages from ALL CLEAR to a RED ALERT. Also, members are encouraged to download the Pelican Bay mobile app. With these tools, members can determine their options for proceeding to the beach.

The Various Thor Guard Statuses and Their Meanings:


  • What it means:
    • That atmosphere is unstable with the potential of lightening nearby
  • What will happen:
    • Staff will advise members we are in a CAUTION and a RED ALERT could be imminent.
    • When at the beach or in the water, the Foundation staff will raise a yellow caution pennant to advise that Thor Guard has gone into caution mode.
  • What to do:
    • During a period of expected storm activity, members and their guests should be cognizant and alert to this advance warning. Make your decisions to plan accordingly on whether you go to the beach or restaurants at this time.

Red Alert

  • What it means:
    • Thor Guard has predicted that there is lightning in the vicinity and it is unsafe for anyone to be out in the open. One LONG HORN BLAST will sound.
  • What will happen:
    • All tram and beach operations will shut down during the RED ALERT and will not resume operations until the ALL CLEAR has sounded.
  • What to do:
    • Available trams have 13 minutes from the initiation of the RED ALERT to transport you to Tram Station #4 (Commons) or Tram Station #8 (North Lot) and proceed to your vehicle. If you are at the beach, you should immediately pack-up and seek a safe shelter.  If you remain at the restaurant, you should seek safe shelter.

All Clear

  • What it means:
    • The threat of lightning in the area has been cleared.
  • What will happen:
    • After a RED ALERT, three short horn blasts will signal an ALL CLEAR.  Tram and beach operations will resume normal operations
  • What to do:
    • Enjoy your time on the berm, at the beach and restaurants.

For the safety of members and employees, please note that staff cannot assist in any way during a RED ALERT. If you choose to walk, it is at your own discretion.