North Shore Park closed to swimmers again

Posted at 3:53 PM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 15:53:08-05

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A heads up for boaters and anglers; the Florida Department of Health is yet again asking you to avoid the water in North Shore Park.

They're specifically talking about what's often referred to as Yankee Beach, which is right below the U.S. 41 bridge in North Fort Myers.  The park is posted year-round as a non-swimming beach, but people are often seen wading in the waters.

Health officials say a routine water test turned up an unsafe amount of Enterococcus bacteria, and any contact may pose a high risk of disease or sickness.

Enterococcus bacteria normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of an elevated concentration of these bacteria is an indicator of pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife or sewage.

This beach was closed several times last year for the same reason.

Count on Four In Your Corner to let you know when this advisory is lifted.