Fecal bacteria leads to no swim advisories at popular Fla. beaches

Henrietta Brewer
June 30, 2016

Samples taken on Monday showed the growth of enterococci bacteria.

According to the Florida Department of Health, there are eight areas of concern near Destin and Fort Walton Beach.

The order covers Okaloosa's Garniers Park, Poquito Park, Rocky Bayou State Park, East Pass, Clement E. Taylor Park and Henderson Beach.

The advisories will stay in place until the level of bacteria drops enough for swimmers to return to the waters. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife and human sewage.

People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.

For the latest on the health of the beach as well as current advisories visit the Florida Department of Health's website.



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