Swimming prohibited at all Boca Raton beaches until further notice

Precautionary swimming ban comes amid high bacterial levels in water at 2 parks

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Boca Raton has prohibited swimming at its beaches as a result of recent bacteria found in the water at two parks.

The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County issued health advisories Tuesday for Spanish River Park and South Inlet Park.

A recent sampling showed elevated bacterial levels in the water.

As a result, the city prohibited swimming at all Boca Raton beaches Wednesday until further notice.

Health officials found sample levels to be greater than 71 colonies per 100 milliliters of water, indicating a potential health risk to the public.

The beaches will remain open even though swimming is not allowed.

Health officials don't know what caused the elevated level of bacteria, but it is generally associated with storm water runoff or human sewage.

More water samples have been taken, and the city is hopeful that swimming will be allowed within the next 24 to 48 hours.

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