NEWS PRESS: Fecal bacteria 'storm' a nightmare for tourism

News Press: Written by John Cassani. April 20, 2018.

Fecal bacteria contamination plaguing Florida waters has reached a crisis point.

In our own front yard:

  • Cape Coral canceled its annual Cardboard Boat Regatta due to bacteria levels 27 times the beach closure threshold. Signs also were posted Thursday, advising people to stay out of the Caloosahatchee at the Yacht Club beach because of high bacteria levels. 
  • The Army Corps of Engineers closed the swimming beach at the Franklin Lock Park on April 17 because of fecal bacteria contamination.
  • Hot spots in Billy’s Creek have fecal bacteria counts 68 times the threshold level. When fecal bacteria levels reach this high, any form of contact may pose a health risk.

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