No swimming ban lifted at Delray Beach

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - UPDATE:

The city of Delray Beach on Thursday lifted the no swimming ban that was issued on Wednesday.  The city said water samples showed normal results Thursday.

The city said in a news release that this was the first time in 10 years that a swimming ban was imposed in Delray Beach.

EARLIER STORY:

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Palm Beach County has posted a health advisory for Delray Beach and other locations in Palm Beach County after recent water samples showed elevated bacterial levels.

As a precaution, swimming at municipal beaches in Delray Beach is prohibited until further notice.

The beaches will remain open, however for the safety of the public, swimming is prohibited.

Once FDOH receives new sample analyses results from samples collected Tuesday, they are hopeful that full use of the beach may resume on Thursday.

During routine sampling, FDOH found levels to be greater than 71 colonies per 100 mililiters of marine water putting beaches in the poor range.

Contact with the water at this site may pose increased risk of infections diseases.

Causes of the elevated level that prompted the advisory are unknown, but are generally associated with wildlife, heavy recreational usage, high surf and high tides, or runoff following heavy rains.

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