Red tide has kept swimmers out of Southwest Florida waters for months. Now, the Florida Department of Health in Lee County is advising people to stay out of the water in Sanibel for a different reason.
This time, it’s because of bacteria.
High levels of bacteria were found at the Sanibel Causeway during routine testing last week. That’s along the beach park at Causeway Drive.
Swimming in it and swallowing some of the water can cause diarrhea and abdominal pain.
The elevated concentration of the bacteria is an indicator of pollution coming from storm water runoff, pets, or sewage. The advisory will stay in place until bacteria levels drop.
The department of health is expected to have new test results on Tuesday.