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Florida Healthy Beaches Program puts out a “No Swim” advisory for beaches in Sarasota and Venice, due to high amounts of nterococcus bacteria…..
No swim advisories due to high amounts of nterococcus bacteria, which some say does not come out of the outflow pipes. nterococcus bacteria is basically human and pet feces, along with other stuff that gets caught up on the system and flows into the Gulf with the rain water……
So, do you still think I was wrong about the outflow pipes, as the City of Venice tries to insinuate and ridiculed me over earlier this week? After all, it has been concluded in the past that the high bacteria issues are due to the crap flowing into the Gulf via the outflow pipes……………….
SARASOTA COUNTY ¾As a precaution, Sarasota County health officials have issued “No Swim” advisories for the following beaches:
- Lido Casino Beach
- Brohard Beach
- Venice Pier Beach
- Siesta Beach
- Longboat Key Beach
The amount of enterococcus bacteria found during water quality testing on Thursday, August 23rd was outside acceptable limits. The beaches remain open, however, wading, swimming and water recreation is not recommended as long as there is an advisory in place.
Some bacteria are naturally present in the environment. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found a link between health and water quality. Signage advising the public not to swim or engage in water recreation will stay in place until follow-up water testing results meet the EPA’s recreational water quality standard. The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County expects to have the next round of test results available on Friday, August 24th.
Enterococcus bacteria can come from a variety of natural and human-made sources. These include pet waste, livestock, birds, wildlife (land-dwelling and marine), storm water runoff, and human sewage from failed septic systems and sewage spills.
No sewage spills have been reported within one mile of the beaches in the past month.
The rapid response teams from Sarasota County and the City of Venice have determined the cause of the elevated bacteria levels is likely due to natural sources. The teams observed numerous bird tracks on the beaches and along the shorelines, an indication of a large amount of bird activity, which can increase bacteria levels in near shore waters. Wrack lines of decaying algae and dead fish associated with red tide impacting the area have been observed along the beaches. Wrack lines, which provide food for shorebirds and wildlife, act as natural bacteria reservoirs. Recent rains wash accumulated pollutants, including bacteria from birds, pet feces, and wildlife into local waters are also an important factor.
DOH-Sarasota Environmental Administrator Tom Higginbotham emphasizes that the Florida Healthy Beaches program protects beach goers when conditions are unsuitable for swimming by testing beach water and providing up-to-date explanations of the results.
“When these bacteria are found at high levels in recreational waters, there is a risk that some people may become ill. People especially those who are very young, elderly or who have a weak immune system who swallow water while swimming can get stomach or intestinal illnesses. If water comes in contact with a cut or sore, people can get infections or rashes.” says Higginbotham.
Local health officials emphasize that beaches remain open. However, residents and visitors are urged not to wade, swim or engage in water recreation at these beaches until the advisory is lifted. In addition, you should not eat shellfish such as crabs and shrimp collected in the immediate area of any beach with a no-swim advisory in place. Finfish caught live and healthy can be eaten if filleted.
“Our coastline of over 30 miles of world-class beaches is a wonderful asset to our community,” says Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County. “Let’s work together to help preserve this amenity.”
To help keep beach water safe for swimming and recreation, do not allow pets to roam on beaches and in park areas, and pick up pet waste. Additionally, children in diapers and people of all ages with diarrhea should not go into the water.
Testing has revealed bacteria levels within acceptable limits at the following area beaches:
Bird Key Park, South Lido Park Beach, North Lido Beach, Nokomis Beach, North Jetty Beach, Blind Pass, Manasota Key Beach, Turtle Beach, Service Club Beach, Caspersen Beach and Venice Beach
“It is important to know that our beaches are never closed,” says Haley. “When making beach day plans, be sure to check the latest reports on beach conditions and read beach condition signs at beach entrance ways. The signs are also posted on lifeguard stands when present.”
For more information:
- Visit https://ourgulfenvironment.scgov.net and click on water monitoring and then bacterial testing to check beach water testing results of area Gulf beaches.
- Call 941-BEACHES (941-232-2437) or visit www.visitbeaches.org. Click on the same link to the mobile-friendly version of the beach conditions report.
- The local visitor and convention bureau known as Visit Sarasota County also provides extensive information about the Sarasota area, including its beaches. The website is www.visitsarasota.org.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
For more information, visit www.sarasotahealth.org or call 941-861-2900.
|Location||Date||Enterococcus Code (calc)||Advisory||?|
|891||Bird Key Park a.k.a RINGLING CAUSEWAY||8/20/2018||Moderate||No||View Samples|
|891||BLIND PASS BEACH||8/20/2018||Good||No||View Samples|
|891||BROHARD PARK||8/20/2018||Poor||No||View Samples|
|891||BROHARD PARK||8/22/2018||Poor||Yes||View Samples|
|891||CASPERSEN BEACH||8/20/2018||Moderate||No||View Samples|
|891||LIDO CASINO BEACH||8/20/2018||Poor||No||View Samples|
|891||LIDO CASINO BEACH||8/22/2018||Poor||Yes||View Samples|
|891||LONGBOAT KEY ACCESS||8/22/2018||Poor||Yes||View Sam|
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