The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) has posted health advisories for the beaches north and south of Pelican Bay, specifically Vanderbilt Beach, and Seagate Beach. While samplings are not taken between Vanderbilt Beach and Seagate Beach, those locations did show bacteria (enterococci) levels in the water to be greater than 71 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water, putting these beaches in the poor range.
Causes of the elevated level that prompted the advisory are unknown, but are generally associated with wildlife, heavy recreational usage, runoff following heavy rains, and high surf from high winds and high tides. DOH-Collier always encourages rinsing with fresh water after swimming in any natural body of water, and avoid swallowing any water while swimming. NOTE: Resampling date is dependent on weather/surf conditions due to Hurricane Michael.
For more information, visit www.collier.floridahealth.gov.