Water-quality testing performed by the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County has indicated elevated levels of enteric bacteria (enterococci) in the nearshore waters at Founder’s Park Beach in the upper Keys. No other Keys beach is under an advisory at this time.
The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage. These bacteria may cause human disease, infections or skin rashes.
The Department of Health advises the public not to swim or practice other water-related activities in the nearshore waters at this location only. This notice will remain in effect until bacteriological results show that the water is safe for such purposes.