Advisory lifted near Sandsprit Park
The Florida Department of Health in Martin County has lifted a health advisory for the waters near Sandsprit Park in Port Salerno and the Stuart Sandbar after samples showed consistent results in the good/acceptable range for enteric bacteria.
The health advisory continues for the waters near the Roosevelt Bridge and Leighton Park in Palm City since test results in these areas remain in the poor range for enteric bacteria.
Weekly testing of specific areas along the St. Lucie River began in November of 2012. Testing at four locations including the Roosevelt Bridge, Leighton Park, Sandsprit Park and the Stuart Sandbar will continue on a weekly basis. Samples are analyzed for enterococci bacteria, which normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage.
Potential health risks for those who ingest or come in contact with waters high in enteric bacteria include: upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritation and skin rashes.
Sample results for Martin County beaches and causeways continue in the good range.
River and beach water sample results can be viewed at:
For more information, call (772) 221-4090.
Access real-time special events information, schedules, facilities on web
Martin County Parks and Recreation has released a new online Parks Facility and Special Event Lookup system in which the public may check real-time facility schedules for open pavilions, closures, upcoming special events and more. This application may be accessed on the web at http://parkevents.martin.fl.us. Desktop or tablet computers are recommended for the best viewing experience.
Individuals may search by date, park or keyword to check on their interests. The page may also be accessed via www.martin.fl.us "I Want To-->Find/View-->Park Facility and Event Lookup" and also from the Parks and Recreation page of www.martin.fl.us. For public event details including specific dates and times, contact the event planning organization for more information as the Special Event Lookup may include set up times.