No-swim advisory issued at four Manatee County beaches
MANATEE COUNTY - A no-swim advisory has been issued at four Manatee County beaches, as some have been lifted in Sarasota County.
Beachgoers will have to re-think cooling off in the water this weekend, as the department of health in Manatee County has issued a no-swim advisory at four county beaches, including Bayfront Park North, Manatee Public Beach, Coquina Beach and Palma Sola South.
“This is kind of a rare instance where we see multiple beaches at the same time, I was talking to our environmental health people about this and we’re thinking it has a lot to do with all the rain that we’ve had lately and all the run-off we’ve been having lately," said Florida Department of Health of Manatee County Communications Director, Christopher Tittel.
The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County reports the advisory was issued after water samples, taken at all four beaches on July 26, detected elevated levels of enterococci bacteria.
The bacteria can come from human sewage, pet waste, livestock, birds, storm water runoff, sewage spills and other sources.
“There is a risk for getting that water into your mouth, eyes, or any cuts, you definitely want to be aware before you go into the water and want to take the necessary precautions," said Executive Director of Suncoast Waterkeeper, Abbey Tyrna.
The bacteria can cause human disease, infections or rashes to those who swim in the water.
“We do our job in letting the public know if they really want to go in that water they are taking that risk of exposure to water that might not be that clean as we want it to be," said Tittel.
Although signs throughout county beaches tell beachgoers not to go in the water, many are still cooling off in the gulf. One visitor from Texas says she still plans to get in the water
“I am down from vacation I am willing to at least try the beaches here, I’m not really precautions right now at the moment," said a visitor from Texas, Esmeralda Medrano.
The advisories will be in effect until the waters meet EPA safety guidelines.
For more information, you can visit the Manatee County website here.