Dept. Of Health Shuts Down Florida Beach Due To Feces-Derived Bacteria

People hoping to swim in the ocean around Sunny Isles Beach this weekend, or anytime in the near future for that matter, may need to change plans. The Florida Department of Health shut down an area until further notice.

The department shut down a two-block stretch after samples showed the beach did not meet the recreational water quality standard for enterococci. 

The bacteria are found in animals' intestines, meaning it could not be safe to swim because there was either too much human or pet feces in the water.

Unsafe enterococci levels had led the department to issue an advisory against swimming in South Beach about two months prior.

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