Key Biscayne

Dog Beach closed to swimmers due to poop-in-the-water scare

A “no swimming” advisory was issued Thursday for Virginia Key’s Dog Beach after two samples of water contained too much bacteria indicating fecal pollution.

Each sample contained too much enterococci, which can cause urinary tract infections and other health problems.

Florida draws its line in the water on enterococci at 70 colory-forming units per 100 milliliters. Beyond that, there’s too much of a chance of water ruined by human or non-human fecal matter to allow swimming.

The state Department of Health in Miami-Dade does weekly tests at 17 sites, including Dog Beach.

This is the second time this year Dog Beach has been closed due to a poop scare.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal