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Health Advisory Lifted for Collier Beaches

5:51 PM, Oct 12, 2018

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Bo Evans

Earlier this week, the Florida Department of Health issued a health advisory for eight beaches in Collier County after samplings showed bacteria levels were in the poor range. As of Friday, Oct.12 the DOH lifted the "Precautionary swim advisory for all Collier County beaches."

Bacteria in Collier Beaches

The beaches that were on the list included Barefoot Beach, Naples Pier, Park Shore, Residents Beach, Seagate Beach, South Marco Beach, Vanderbilt Beach and Wiggins Pass.

The DOH said it is unclear what caused the high levels of bacteria. However, the bacteria found, Enterococci bacteria, is usually caused by many factors including recreational use, runoff following heavy rains, high surf from high winds and high tides and wildlife.

Collier County will continue to monitor the quality of the beach water year-round. It will collect and test water samples on a weekly basis. Beach goers can find the results on the Florida Healthy Beaches Program website .

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