SARASOTA - The Sarasota County Health Department is advising people to not swim or engage in water sports in Sarasota Bay off the Ringling Causeway, according to a news release this morning.
The health department has detected elevated levels of fecal coliform and enterococcus (bacteria) at the Ringling Causeway.
"Precautionary signs have been posted advising people not to swim or engage in water sports. The Health Department will conduct follow-up water sampling. Notifications will be issued when water quality results return to normal," the release states.
No other beaches in Sarasota are affected by this advisory.
Residents and visitors can go www.OurGulfEnvironment.net to check beach water testing results of area gulf beaches or call the Sarasota County Call Center and ask for the Health Department’s Environmental Health office.
Manatee County officials last week issued a similar advisory for beaches along the Palma Sola Causeway.