The Florida Health Department in Sarasota County lifted its “No Swim” advisories for Manasota Beach on Tuesday.
Manasota and Nokomis beaches were the last of the county’s public beaches to remain under “No Swim” advisories that were first issued Oct. 10, due to higher-than-recommended levels of the enterococcus bacteria.
Health officials suspected the winds and rains from Hurricane Michael stirred up accumulated pollutants in sediments and the enterococcus bacteria from birds, pet and human feces, into local waters. After tests last week, officials issued the advisory for most of the beaches in Sarasota County. By Saturday, officials lifted the advisory for all public beaches except Manasota Beach and Nokomis Beach.
Sarasota Health officials retested the waters at Manasota and Nokomis on Monday. The results showed the bacteria levels had dropped to within acceptable levels.