(RIVIERA BEACH, FL)– The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County issued no-swim advisories for 9 beaches on Thursday after tests revealed high levels of bacteria in the water.
The beaches affected are:
- Riviera Beach Park
- Spanish River
- Dubois Park
- Phil Foster Park
- Carlin Park
- Ocean Inlet Park
- Sandoway-Delray Beach
- Lantana Beach
- Jupiter Beach Park
Beachgoers should avoid swimming in the affected areas until bacteria amounts drop to acceptable levels.
According to the health department the bacteria is question is a naturally occurring type known as Enterococcus and can be an indication of pollution by human or animal feces.
No specific cause can be attributed to the elevated bacterial levels found this week but health officials say storm water runoff, high surf and heavy beach traffic can all be contributing factors.
The beaches will be retested daily until the health department deems them safe for use.
Bathers are advised to always rinse off after swimming in the ocean.
Find out the status of our area beaches at the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County website.