Key Biscayne

One swimming advisory remains at a South Florida beach. That’s progress

A file photo of Crandon South Beach in Key Biscayne from 2009.
A file photo of Crandon South Beach in Key Biscayne from 2009. Miami Herald File

UPDATE: On Friday, the Florida Board of Health lifted its advisories for Crandon Park South and Key Biscayne Beach Club beaches since microbial water tests offered satisfactory results. But the swimming advisory issued on Thursday remains at Crandon North.

Good news for fans of two popular beaches in South Florida.

The beaches of Crandon Park South, Crandon North and Key Biscayne Beach Club were placed under a swimming advisory after failing to meet water quality standards, the health department announced Thursday.

Just when temperatures were beginning to inch up and make swimming a possibility this weekend.

But on Friday, after water tests revealed a lack of risky contaminants, the health department lifted its advisory on Crandon South and the Key Biscayne Beach Club.

The advisory remains in effect for Crandon North, however.

Beachgoers have heard these warnings often in the last year or so.

Crandon Park South in the Key Biscayne area was closed for nearly two weeks in September and again earlier this month. Crandon North was closed three times in just over a month’s time last summer because of contaminated waters.

In what is sounding like a song played too often on pop radio, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade had to once again recommended that beach goers avoid swimming at a South Florida outdoor hotspot because levels of the enterococci bacteria that can cause intestinal issues in people were too high.

“The sampling sites are selected based on the frequency and intensity of recreational water use and the proximity to pollution sources,” the health department said, without specifying what “pollution sources” keep plaguing South Florida beaches and leading to such frequent advisories.

The advisory will be lifted when water samples come back clean. As of Friday, the advisory was still in effect.

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Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.