You may want to double-check your beach plans. A health advisory has been posted for Bonita Beach Park after a recent sampling of bacteria levels in the water. There had been an advisory for Park Shore Beach, but it has since been lifted.
According to the Florida Department of Health in Collier County, the bacteria levels are greater than 71 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water. The results landed in the poor range.
Health officials ran bacteria tests on Tuesday, where high levels of the gastrointestinal distress causing bacteria Enterococcus were found. The origins of the bacteria can possibly be traced from stormwater run-off, pets, wildlife and or sewage.
Enterococcus bacteria exist in smaller amounts in the intestinal tracts of humans or animals. Health officials urge beach goers to avoid entering the water, as the bacteria can cause rash, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
Don’t cancel your beach day plans just yet. Other beaches in Naples, including Vanderbilt Beach and Barefoot Beach, were tested and the results were in the good range.
Health officials will run another bacteria test next Tuesday.