Boca Beaches Reopen

All beaches in Palm Beach County are now open to swimming, according to the Health Department, after two had "No-Swim" advisories up earlier in the week:

Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County has CANCELED a HEALTH ADVISORY for Spanish River Park and South Inlet Park after recent sampling showed bacterial levels in the water to be less than 10 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water putting these two beaches in the GOOD range.

 Causes of the elevated level that prompted the advisory are unknown but are generally associated with wildlife, heavy recreational usage, high surf from high winds and high tides or runoff following heavy rains. The DOH-Palm Beach always encourages rinsing with fresh water after swimming in any natural body of water.

Health department staff samples the beach waters at 13 locations from Boca Raton to Jupiter for enterococci as recommended by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the EPA. The samples are laboratory tested for concentrations and a value assigned to indicate poor, moderate or good ranges.

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