Health officials lift no swim advisory for section of Lido Beach in Sarasota
Sarasota County health officials on Friday lifted a no swim advisory for Lido Casino Beach that had been put in place a day earlier because of high bacteria levels in water samples.
Lido Casino Beach is the section of Lido Beach in front of the main parking lot, concessions and pool. The amount of enterococcus bacteria found during water quality testing on Monday was above acceptable limits, leading the Florida Department of Health’s Sarasota County office to impose a no swim advisory there.
The water was tested again on Thursday, and the results on Friday showed the enterococcus bacteria at a satisfactory level, according to the department.
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Meanwhile, local beaches have been showing signs of improvement when it comes to red tide. While red tide cell counts have decreased this past week at most Sarasota County beaches, the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County is continuing to remind the public that some people may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation.
A no swim advisory was issued for nearby Bird Key Park beach on March 9 because of bacteria levels. The advisory was lifted the following day.
Enterococcus bacteria can come from natural and human-made sources, such as pet waste, birds, stormwater runoff and human sewage. If the microbes are present in high concentrations in recreational waters and are ingested while swimming or enter the skin through a cut or sore, they may cause disease, infections or rashes, according to the Department of Health.
This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Lido Casino Beach in Sarasota no longer under no swim advisory