Two Tampa Bay area beaches are under bacteria advisories

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Two Pasco County beaches are under advisories because of bacteria.

The Florida Department of Health tested Robert J. Strickland Beach and Anclote River Park Beach Monday.

“The water samples are being analyzed for enterococci enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, and which may cause human disease, infections or rashes,” officials said. “The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.”

The advisories for the beaches are “based on the marine water bacterial indicator that has been recommended by the EPA,” officials said.

Officials issued an advisory for Robert J. Strickland Beach earlier this month. The beach was then retested Monday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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