Statement on Beach Water Quality from the Collier County Health Department
The Florida Department of Health in Collier County monitors beach water quality by taking water samples every two weeks at 10 beach locations along the Collier County coastline. We follow the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines for detection of bacteria. Our beach water quality continues to test as healthy. Only three times in the past decade (once in 2007 and twice in 2003), have we had to post an advisory due to higher bacteria levels. We continue to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy our beautiful beaches in Collier County.
In addition, we do not have any cases of vibrio vulnificus in Collier County, the bacteria strain which has been reported on recently in the media. Vibrio is a bacteria that is naturally occurring in salt water. Contracting it is rare, but always possible. To avoid contracting vibrio, we recommend people who have open cuts or who are immune-compromised avoid swimming in salt water. We also caution people who are immune-compromised to avoid eating raw fish, especially oysters. These recommendations are not new and do not suggest we have a problem. They serve only as reminders.
Collier County Health Department
July 31, 2014