MANATEE — A Manatee County Health Department swimming advisory for Palma Sola South beach has been lifted, but an identical advisory for the Palma Sola North beach remains in effect, the department announced Wednesday.
The advisories were issued for both beaches Sept. 17 based on water bacterial indicators. Recent testing found the bacterial indicator levels were within acceptable levels at Palma Sola South, but not North.
The increased levels of the enterococci bacteria, which inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, were linked to a record rainfall Sept. 12. Some residences around Palma Sola Bay employ septic systems, and waste from pets and wildlife can be washed into the bay with stormwater.
The advisory said contact with the water might pose an increased risk of infectious disease, particularly for susceptible people.
The health department conducts saltwater beach monitoring at 10 sites each week through the Healthy Beach Monitoring Program.