Possible toxic algae found in Port St. Lucie park

Posted at 9:01 AM, Jan 08, 2017

An algae bloom has forced a park in Port St. Lucie to temporarily close.

City officials were contacted after what looked to be blue green algae in the lake at Peacock Park.

Water samples confirmed the presence of blue green algae, but further tests are being conducted to determine if the algae is toxic.

"Please keep in mind these algae blooms that happen are naturally occurring phenomenons, where they get excited is when you have a heightened nutrient runoff that has helped excite that growth. That is not the case here, it’s just a natural occurrence in a self-contained lake that happens across the state of Florida," said John Duncan with the City of Port St. Lucie Public Works Department.

The park and lake will remain closed until further notice.