Bacteria warning in effect at some Tampa area beaches

Hillsborough County

A health advisory has been issued from the Florida Department of Health for multiple Tampa Bay area beaches. 

In Hillsborough County, Davis Island Beach and Cypress Point are both under advisory for elevated levels of the bacteria Enterococcus.

The bacteria is caused from marine life fecal matter and can cause infections in humans. 

Beachgoers can check the beaches they go to at this website to find out whether or not it is safe.

Health officials are warning against swimming in these beaches while the levels are elevated.

In Sarasota County, “no swim” advisories have been lifted for Turtle beach, Venice Beach, Venice Fishing Pier Beach and Manasota Key Beach.

The advisory was previously in place due to levels of bacteria.

Enterococcus bacteria can come from a variety of natural and human-made sources.

These include pet waste, livestock, birds, wildlife (land-dwelling and marine), storm water runoff, and human sewage from failed septic systems and sewage spills.

No sewage spills have been reported within one mile of the Sarasota beaches in the past month.

Response teams from Sarasota County and the City of Venice have determined the cause of the high bacteria levels was likely due to natural sources. Get more information about Sarasota beach water quality here.

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