ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The city of St. Petersburg issued a no-swim advisory for North Shore Beach on Thursday for the second time in as many weeks.
Gulfport Public Works also issued a no-swim advisory for Gulfport Beach on Wednesday afternoon. It remained closed on Thursday morning.
North Shore Beach showed about 120 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water, according to the city of St. Petersburg. City leaders recommend not swimming in the water at North Shore Beach until further testing shows a decrease in bacteria levels.
The categories for Florida Healthy Beaches Program are:
- Good = 0-35 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water
- Moderate = 36-70 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water
- Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water
Enterococci are enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of enteric bacteria can be an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife. If they are present in high concentrations in recreational waters they may cause human disease, infections or rashes.
Last week, North Shore Beach was one of four beaches to close due to high bacteria levels.