Happy 4th of July, Florida: Three beaches are closed for the long weekend because of poop water


Aerial view of Venice Beach, Florida - ADOBE PHOTOS
  • Adobe Photos
  • Aerial view of Venice Beach, Florida
Three popular beaches in Sarasota County are under a “no swim advisory” on arguably the biggest weekend of the year, after authorities discovered high-levels of enterococcus bacteria, also known as poop.

Though no nearby sewage spills have been reported, the Sarasota Health Department says that Casino Beach, Brohard Park and Venice Beach all exhibit unacceptable levels of fecal pollution.

However, things may clear up by tomorrow. The department will resample the beaches again and post the results this Thursday, July 4, at 2 p.m.

Enterococcus bacteria are found in human and animal feces, and are often present in high volumes due to stormwater runoff, pet droppings, and human sewage spills.

This is just the latest in what's been a particularly brutal week for Florida’s Gulf beaches — the first signs of toxic blue-green algae were reported near Gulfport and Treasure Island, a woman actually died of flesh-eating bacteria after scraping her leg on Anna Maria Island, and since her death, two more cases of the deadly bacteria have been reported in Sarasota.

To make matters worse, pools in the Tampa area have also been testing positive for the poop-transferred parasite cryptosporidium.

Maybe just keep it on the dry side this weekend.

Get our top picks for the best events in Orlando every Thursday morning. Sign up for our weekly Events newsletter.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.