Citrus County, FL -- It is now safe to swim at Fort Island Gulf Beach.
The Citrus County Health Department lifted the no swim ban on May 12. All prohibiting signs have been taken down.
The beach was closed to swimmers last week. Water samples showed acceptable levels of enterococci and fecal bacteria, the organisms used by the state to determine the potential danger due to bacteria in the water.
The beach is normally tested every Wednesday, and results are usually returned within a day or two.
While it was reopened based on samples taken earlier in the week, health officials remind the public that it is not uncommon for lakes, rivers, and coastal areas to become contaminated with germs from animal waste and from sewage in water runoff following rains.
For information on the Healthy Beach Monitoring Program, go to the county Health Department website at www.citruscountyhealth.org.