Swim advisories have been issued at four different beaches after consecutive water samples did not meet the recreational water quality standard, according to the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade.
The swim advisory has been issued for the following beaches:
• Haulover Beach South (public beach just north of the cut)
• Haulover Beach - North
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• 53rd Street – Miami Beach
• North Shore Ocean Terrace (73rd Street) – Miami Beach
The advisory recommends not swimming at these locations at this time. The sampling indicates that swimming in these beaches may pose an increased risk of illness, particularly for susceptible individuals.
The water samples collected at these beaches exceeded the state and federal recommended standard for enterococci which normally inhabit the intestinal track of humans and animals, and which may cause human disease, infections, or illness.
Storm water run-off, wildlife, pets and human sewage could be the cause of the elevated levels of enteric bacteria enterococci, which is is an indicator of possible fecal pollution, according to the advisory.
For more information, visit the Florida Healthy Beaches Program site here.