Sebastian Inlet State Park Bacteria Swimming Advisory Lifted

Swimming advisory lifted near Sebastian Inlet State Park.

The Florida Department of Health at Indian River County has lifted the swimming advisory for Coconut Point at the Sebastian Inlet State Park. Water samples collected Monday showed no bacteria, so it is safe for swimming.

Last week, officials posted the swimming advisory after enteric bacteria was detected near the Sebastian Inlet in the Indian River Lagoon south of the park. The bacteria can cause skin rashes, diarrhea, irritation to the eyes, and upset stomach, according to health officials.

Enteric bacteria found in the waters near the Sebastian Inlet indicate fecal pollution that is from rainfall. Sebastian has seen its share of rain during the past three weeks.

Wabasso Beach made some news last weekend when beachgoers saw a large mass of brown water. Swimmers said the water appeared to be “dirty” as it moved past them.

Some people thought it might be from last week’s sewage spill in Satellite Beach. However, local officials say it was neither. James Gray Jr., executive director of the Sebastian Inlet District, says it was due to heavy rains.

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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.