skip to content

This month marks the start of hurricane season, and the Florida Department of Health urges every family, visitor and business to take the time to make a plan in case of disaster. There are many ways you can prepare, and it’s necessary to have an emergency preparedness kit. 

Full Story on FloridaHealth.gov

Water quality testing performed by the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County has indicated elevated levels of enteric bacteria (enterococci) in the near shore waters at the following beach: South Beach, in Key West. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage. These bacteria may cause human disease, infections, or rashes. The Department of Health advises the public not to swim or practice other water-related activities in the near shore waters at these locations only. This notice will remain in effect until bacteriological results show that the water is safe for such purposes. The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to determine Florida’s beach water quality. Water quality classifications are based upon: United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recommended criteria for enterococci is: Good 0-35 Enterococcus sp. per 100 ml of marine water Moderate 36-69 Enterococcus sp. per 100 ml of marine water Poor 70 or Greater Enterococcus sp. per 100 ml of marine water An Advisory is issued for a beach that samples in the “Poor” range of the EPA standards. This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public. If you have questions, please call the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County Beach Information Hotline at: 877-892-9585 or 305-293-1653 or visit the Department of Health’s Internet Beach Water Quality website at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/index.html, click “Environmental Heath”, select “Beach Water Quality”, the Florida Healthy Beaches Program opens, scroll to the bottom of the page and select Monroe County for your Beach Water Sampling Results for this test period.

Beach Water Quality Results