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UPDATE: County lifts no-swim advisory at all beaches

Florida Department of Health Officials on Sarasota County have lifted the remaining warnings from Turtle Beach and Nokomis Beach.

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  • | 11:45 a.m. October 3, 2016
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The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County has lifted the last remaining no-swim advisories at area beaches.

Health officials have deemed the bacteria levels at Turtle Beach on Siesta Key, and Nokomis Beach safe for swimmers, according to a news release.

Earlier: Sarasota County lifted a no-swim advisory for Siesta Beach and Longboat Key beach today, but the warnings are still in effect for Turtle, Nokomis and North Jetty beaches.

The county issued the warning yesterday after officials observed higher-than-acceptable levels of enterococcus bacteria. Today, those officials received test results that showed satisfactory bacteria levels at Siesta and Longboat Key.

Health officials believe the red tide algae bloom off the coast of Sarasota likely contributed to the elevated bacteria levels. A red tide advisory remains in place for all county beaches.


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