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Swimming advisory lifted at popular Miami Beach waterfront

A Miami-Dade Ocean Rescue lifeguard placed a beach closed red flag at North Crandon Beach in Key Biscayne on Aug. 30, 2018.  The beach was one of many closed for periods of time in the summer due to swimming advisories over bacteria in the waters.
A Miami-Dade Ocean Rescue lifeguard placed a beach closed red flag at North Crandon Beach in Key Biscayne on Aug. 30, 2018. The beach was one of many closed for periods of time in the summer due to swimming advisories over bacteria in the waters. Miami Herald File

UPDATE: On Monday, Nov. 20, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade lifted its swim advisory at Collins Park and 21st Street in Miami Beach after achieving a satisfactory microbial water quality test result. The advisory was originally issued on Nov. 16 due to elevated bacteria.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade issued a no swimming advisory for Collins Park and 21st Street in Miami Beach.

The Friday advisory doesn’t forbid swimming but strongly cautions against going in the water since samples exceeded the federal and state recommended standard for enterococci, a bacteria that can lead to urinary tract infections, diverticulitis or meningitis in susceptible individuals.

South Florida beaches suffered numerous closings this summer due to fecal pollution. At one point in September, nine beaches were under no-swimming health advisories. These included Golden Beach, Sunny Isles, Surfside, North Shore, 53rd Street in Miami Beach, Haulover South, Key Biscayne Beach Club, Crandon South and Crandon North.

Those beaches all reopened.

For more information, visit the Florida Healthy Beaches Program at www.flhealth.gov and select “Beach Water Quality” from the Environmental Health Topics List..

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.

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