Why do they close beaches in Florida?
Just in time for this weekend’s expected wet weather: the Florida Department of Health has lifted swimming advisories for seven Miami-Dade beaches.
You may not want to go swimming with the forecast of thunderstorms owing to a likely tropical depression just east of the upper Florida Keys. But at least you know you could when the sun shines again at these beaches:
▪ Surfside at 93rd Street.
▪ North Shore at 73rd Street.
▪ Collins Park at 21st Street.
▪ South Beach at Collins Avenue and South Pointe Drive.
▪ Virginia Beach.
▪ Crandon North.
▪ Crandon South.
The health department lifted the advisories because waters at those beaches tested free of bacteria.
Six beaches in Florida’s Okaloosa County were also placed on advisories on Wednesday. Those advisories were not lifted in this release from the health department.
Miami-Dade also lifted a no-swim advisory for beaches around the Haulover Inlet. The advisories were posted Aug. 11 after an underwater sewer pipe ruptured in the Oleta River State Park. Advisories remain in place around Oleta and in surrounding areas.