Post-Hurricane Dorian swim advisory still in effect for Brevard County
Story update (8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019):
The Health epartment’s website here has been updated with the results and plans to lift the advisory, department official.
Space Coast beaches remained under a precautionary swim advisory Monday, until new water samples taken Monday give the surf a clean bill of health after Hurricane Dorian’s pass far offshore last week stirred up the surf.
The advisory, in effect since Sept. 4 for all the county’s public beaches, does not close any beaches and was not triggered by a “poor” water sample at any beach, Cynthia Leckey, environmental health director in Brevard County, said Monday via email.
“It was triggered by Hurricane Dorian,” Leckey added. “This is normal practice after a storm where the county is in the potential impacted area.”
But until new water sampling test results are available, people should assume contact with the water “may pose an increased risk of disease or illness, particularly for susceptible individuals,” state health officials said in a statement.
Results from Monday’s water sampling for bacteria are expected late Tuesday night or early Wednesday, Leckey said.
The latest testing of water at the beaches is updated on DOH’s website: www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality/index.html.
For fresh water beaches, contact the Environmental Health Section of the DOH-Brevard where the fresh water beach is located for information about fresh water beaches.
For information, please contact your local county health department or visit www.floridahealth.gov or www.FloridaDisaster.org.
Jim Waymer is environment reporter at FLORIDA TODAY.
Contact Waymer at 321-242-3663