Key Biscayne

This popular beach can’t seem to shake its poop problem

A woman stands near the water Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, at North Crandon Beach in Key Biscayne. The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County has issued its third no-swimming advisory for Crandon North Beach since July because of tests exceeding recommended standards for enterococci bacteria.
A woman stands near the water Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, at North Crandon Beach in Key Biscayne. The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County has issued its third no-swimming advisory for Crandon North Beach since July because of tests exceeding recommended standards for enterococci bacteria. cmguerrero@miamiherald.com

Another swimming advisory has been issued by the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County — just in time for the holiday weekend.

The agency is recommending that people not swim at Crandon North Beach after two consecutive water samples revealed high levels of enterococci, a bacteria that can lead to urinary tract infections, diverticulitis or meningitis in susceptible individuals.

According to the health department, the presence of enteric bacteria can indicate fecal pollution, which could result from storm water runoff, human sewage and other contaminants.

This is the third time in a little over a month that Crandon North has had a no-swimming advisory. In late July, the health department issued advisories on Crandon Beach North, Crandon Beach South and Golden Beach — and Crandon North had two advisories in July.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County doesn’t expect to lift its alert warning people of contaminated waters at three South Florida Beaches — Golden Beach, Crandon Beach North and Crandon Beach South until after the weekend.

For information, visit the Florida Healthy Beaches Program http://www.flhealth.gov and Select “Beach Water Quality” from the Environmental Health Topics List.

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