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LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) issued a public advisory for Cape Coral Yacht Club and Bowditch Point Park due to high levels of bacteria identified in routine testing on Thursday.

DOH-Lee completed tests on Thursday, Sept. 28, indicating the water quality at the following beach parks does not meet the recreational water quality criteria for Enterococcus bacteria:

  • 5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL 33904
  • 50 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Enterococcus bacteria normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals.

Water contact may pose an increased risk of disease, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

High levels of these bacteria mean possible pollution, which could come from stormwater runoff, pets, wildlife, or sewage.

For the safety of the Southwest Florida community, no wading or swimming at Cape Coral Yacht Club or Bowditch Point Park is recommended.

This advisory will continue until bacteria levels are below the accepted health level.

DOH-Lee said new test results should be available on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

For more information, click here or call (239) 274-2200.

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