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Beach Advisory North Shore Park

By Angela Swartzman

August 25, 2016

North Shore Park tests high for bacteria

Contact: Angela Swartzman, Administrator

Angela.Swartzman@flhealth.gov

239-332-9511

Lee County, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) is advising the public not to enter the water at North Shore Park due to high levels of bacteria identified in routine testing. This beach park is located in North Fort Myers at the foot of the US 41 bridge and used primarily by boaters and anglers.

Tests completed August 25, 2016, indicate that the water quality at the North Shore Park does not meet the safety criteria for Enterococcus bacteria recommended by the Florida Department of Health. Water contact may pose an increased risk of disease, particularly for susceptible individuals.

No wading or swimming at North Shore Park, 13001 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers is recommended.

Enterococcus bacteria normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of an elevated concentration of these bacteria is an indicator of pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife or sewage.

Elevated levels of Enterococcus bacteria have been associated with an increased risk of swimming-associated gastroenteritis illness (diarrhea and abdominal pain).

This advisory will continue until bacteria levels are below the accepted health level. New test results should be available for North Shore Park on Tuesday afternoon, August 30, 2016.

For more information call (239) 274-2200 or go to http://lee.floridahealth.gov/.

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