Swimming areas off limits, visiting beach is okay
DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: City of Delray Beach) — The City of Delray Beach has closed the swimming area of its municipal beach until further notice. The beach remains open, however for the safety of our residents and visitors, swimming is prohibited.
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Palm Beach County posted a HEALTH ADVISORY for Delray Beach and other locations throughout Palm Beach County after recent sampling showed elevated bacterial levels in the water. The FDOH found levels to be greater than 71 colonies per 100 milliliters of marine water putting Delray Beach in the poor range*. Causes of the elevated level that prompted the advisory are unknown but are generally associated with wildlife, heavy recreational usage, high surf and high tides or runoff following heavy rains. This is considered a potential health risk to the bathing public.
As a precaution, double red flags are posted on the beach warning beachgoers that the water is closed to the public. Additional samples will be drawn today for retesting. Once new sample results are received tomorrow afternoon, the City will be able to determine when full use of the beach may resume.
How will I know if it’s safe to swim?
There are several ways to determine whether it’s safe to swim:
• Check our ‘Beach’ webpage at www.delraybeachfl.gov/beach or to hear a recorded report of the beach conditions, please call (561) 27-BEACH (272-3224).
• Beach water quality for Palm Beach County and throughout the state can be found on the Department of Health’s Internet Beach Water Quality website (www.doh.state.fl.us, click on the drop down arrow next to “Choose Subject” and then select “Beach Water Quality”).
• Look for any advisory signs to be posted at the beach entrance. If there are none posted, this will indicate that this beach is open for recreation. Please note that absence of an advisory sign does not necessarily mean that advisory has been completely lifted.
• Double red flags are posted at the entrance of the beach indicating a “no swimming” advisory.
• Contact your local health official. A health official will be able to inform you whether a beach advisory has been posted at the beach you plan to visit.
*A Poor rating may result in a resampling event to confirm poor conditions; otherwise a Health Advisory will be issued immediately.