SC Staff Report
The Florida Department of Health in Lee County issued a swimming advisory Thursday, Sept. 26, for the Tarpon Bay Beach, after water samples tested high for Enterococcus bacteria. Water samples from the beach tested “good” on Friday, Sept. 27, and the Dept. of Health rescinded the advisory.
“Tests completed (Friday) for Enterococcus bacteria in water samples, taken Sept. 26, showed levels under the maximum containment level,” the Dept. of Health stated in its release. “Elevated levels of Enterococcus bacteria have been associated with an increased risk of swimming-associated gastroenteritis illness.”
The bacteria normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. Its presence in an elevated concentration is an indicator of pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife or sewage, according the Dept. of Health. Lighthouse Beach and Bowman’s Beach also received a good rating for Enterocuoccus bacteria. See all beach sample tests done through the Florida Healthy Beaches Program.