Bacteria found near Sebastian Inlet and Vero Beach

Sebastian Inlet
Sebastian Inlet

The Florida Department of State Health Department at Indian River County has issued a warning for swimmers to stay out of the water near the Sebastian Inlet and other beaches in Vero Beach.

Last Friday, health officials reported higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria found in the Indian River Lagoon near Coconut Point at the Sebastian Inlet State Park.

Today, health officials are also warning swimmers to stay out of the water at South Beach, Humiston Beach and Sexton Plaza Beach in Vero Beach.

A large plume of dirty water was seen over the weekend near the Sebastian Inlet.

It’s typical to see water like this near the Sebastian Inlet following a Hurricane or tropical storm.

However, we have been hit with a lot of heavy rain recently, which could be runoff from the mainland.

Sebastian Daily is monitoring the situation and will be at the beaches today. We will follow up with more information.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.