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No-swim advisory lifted for Bird Key Park

Results of follow-up testing expected on Friday.

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  • | 2:30 p.m. October 14, 2022
Bird Key Park is along Ringling Causeway. (file)
Bird Key Park is along Ringling Causeway. (file)
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Update: 3:32 p.m.: Follow-up testing shows bacteria levels at Bird Key Park have returned to acceptable levels, prompting the Florida Department of Health’s Sarasota office to rescind the no-swim advisory it posted on Thursday.

Previous story: A precautionary no-swim advisory was posted Thursday afternoon for the waters of Sarasota Bat around Bird Key Park, along the Ringling Causeway, according to the Florida Department of Health’s Sarasota office.

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Routine testing of the water this week indicated a higher-than-acceptable level of enterococcus bacteria, prompting the advisory. While the park remains open, wading, swimming and other water activities are discouraged because of the potential health risk.

Results of follow-up testing are expected on Friday, health officials said.

In a release from the health department, officials said the elevated bacteria levels are likely naturally produced and connected to Hurricane Ian. No sewage leaks have been detected or reported.


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