South Florida health officials have warned beachgoers not to visit a popular beach because of excessive amounts fecal matter. The warning comes at a time when nearby beaches are being hit by a
poisonous algae bloom
A massive mass of seaweed.
The state and federal standards for water quality were not met by several water samples taken in the northern part Crandon Park near Miami. Water is contaminated by enterococci, a bacteria that indicates fecal matter.
According to the Florida Department of Health, in Miami-Dade County, Tuesday's test found "70.5 or more Enterococcus species per 100 miles of marine water."
The health agency stated that "the result of the sample indicates that water contact can increase the risk of illness for those susceptible to it, especially." The source of the fecal matter was not mentioned.
Compound this with poisonous algal blooms, also known as "red tide," has killed marine wildlife in large numbers. A massive blob of seaweed is also a concern.
Beaches are awash with turbulence
You might want to put off your plans to visit the beaches of South Florida for a while.