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2 of 3 no swim advisories lifted in Sarasota County

Health officials lifted no swim advisories but kept one in place this 4th of July
Posted at 5:06 PM, Jul 04, 2019

SARASOTAS COUNTY, Fla. -- Health officials lifted no swim advisories at two beaches in Sarasota County Thursday, but kept one in place following additional testing.

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County officials initially issued the advisories for Venice, Lido Casino and Brohard beaches as a precaution after it found levels of enterococcus bacteria outside acceptable limits.

While the beaches stayed open, swimmers were encouraged to not swim, wade or take part in water recreation to kick off the Fourth of July.

"Our plans were to sit on the beach and enjoy the 86 degree water, but that's not gonna happen," said beach visitor Don Bishop.

When he got to the beach, he was met with a sign warning visitors about the advisory.

"I just hate it for the people who are here for a short time," resident Lois Keebler said.

Some families chose to stay out of the water, some risked it and others said they missed the signs.

"I think I'm probably gonna get out my phone when we're done, take a look see what it is," said beach visitor Danielle Olds.

By mid-afternoon, health officials lifted the no swim advisories at Venice Beach and Lido Casino Beach. However, the advisory remained in place for Brohard Beach. Health officials said they planned to test again there on Friday and have more results back by Saturday afternoon.