Venice, Florida -- Sarasota County health officials have issued a "No Swim" advisory for Venice Beach, located at 101 The Esplanade in Venice, due to elevated levels of enterococci (enteric) bacteria on Thursday, June 26.
Signage advising the public not to swim or engage in water recreation at Venice Beach will remain in place until follow-up water testing results meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recreational water safety standards. The results of follow-up water testing will be available on Friday, June 27.
Testing has revealed bacteria levels within acceptable limits at the following area beaches:
- North Lido Beach
- North Jetty Beach
- South Lido Beach
- Venice Fishing Pier
- Lido Casino Beach
- Service Club Beach
- Siesta Key Beach
- Brohard Beach
- Ringling Causeway Beach
- Caspersen Beach
- Longboat Key Public Beach
- Manasota Key Beach
- Turtle Beach
- Blind Pass Beach
- Nokomis Beach
Local health officials emphasize that people can still visit and enjoy the beach. However, residents and visitors are urged not to wade or swim in the water or engage in water recreation until the advisory is lifted. Shellfish such as crabs and shrimp collected in the immediate area of Venice Beach should not be consumed. However, it is safe to fish and consume fin-fish from these waters.
The "no-swim" advisories are based on elevated levels of indicator bacteria, some of which are naturally present in the environment.
For more information:
- Visit https://ourgulfenvironment.scgov.net and click on water monitoring and then bacterial testing to check beach water testing results of area Gulf beaches.
- Call 941-BEACHES (941-232-2437) or visit www.mote.org/beaches. Click on the same link to the mobile-friendly version of the beach conditions report.
- The local visitor and convention bureau known as Visit Sarasota County also provides extensive information about the Sarasota area, including its beaches. The website is www.visitsarasota.org.