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Some Florida counties have had their beaches labeled with “no swim” advisories by the Florida Department of Health. Why and which beaches are they?

As for why, water samples taken at a number of beaches on the Gulf of Mexico have shown potentially unhealthy levels of enterococi bacteria. This can cause various ailments including rashes, infections and other diseases.

Some of the beaches are on Tampa Bay, and some are on the Gulf of Mexico. Here is a list of beaches where a “no swim” advisory is in effect.

  • Manatee County

    Bayfront Park North
    Coquina Beach North
    Palma Sola South

  • Hillsborough County

    Bahia Beach
    Simmons Park Beach

  • Sarasota County

    Bird Key Park/Ringling Causeway
    Venice Fishing Pier
    Brohard Beach