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Lee County Health Dept. LIFTS Health Advisory for Bonita Beach Park

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August 22, 2023

LEE COUNTY – The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) has lifted the HEALTH ADVISORY for BONITA BEACH PARK. Testing results indicate bacteria levels are within the accepted health level.

The beach water quality monitoring program continues year-round in Lee County and

samples are collected and tested on a weekly basis. The results are posted on the Florida Healthy Beaches Program website.

August 17, 2023

LEE COUNTY – The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) is advising the public not to enter the water at Bonita Beach Park due to high levels of bacteria identified in routine testing.

This beach park is located at:

27954 Hickory Boulevard
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Tests completed on August 16, 2023, indicate that the water quality at Bonita Beach Park does not meet the recreational water quality criteria for Enterococcus bacteria recommended by the Florida Department of Health. Water contact may pose an increased risk of disease, particularly for susceptible individuals.

  • Wading or swimming at Bonita Beach Park is not recommended.

Enterococcus bacteria normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of an elevated concentration of these bacteria is an indicator of possible pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife, or sewage.

Elevated levels of Enterococcus bacteria have been associated with an increased risk of swimming-associated gastroenteritis illness (diarrhea and abdominal pain).

This advisory will continue until bacteria levels are below the accepted health level. New test results should be available for Bonita Beach Park on Tuesday, August 22, 2023.

For more information call (239) 274-2200 or go to lee.floridahealth.gov.