A "no swim" advisory has been issued for Bird Key Park west of Ringling Causeway Bridge.
Water samplings taken Wednesday, Oct. 10, show elevated levels of enterococci bacteria. Other Sarasota County area beaches that are not under a "no swim" advisory include Longboat Key public beach, North and South Lido Beaches, Lido Casino Beach, Siesta Key Beach, Turtle Beach, Nokomis Beach, North Jetty Beach, Venice Beach, Service Club Beach, Venice Fishing Pier, Brohard Beach, Caspersen Beach, Manasota Key and Blind Pass Beach.
Shellfish collected in the immediate area or any beach water with a brown tint should not be consumed. It is safe; however, to fish and consume fin-fish from these waters.
Sarasota County officials report EPA water quality standards are very protective of human health. the "no swim" advisories arebased on elevated levels of bacteria, some of which are naturally present in the environment.
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Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.