2 St. Pete beaches remain closed after high levels of fecal bacteria found in water

A sign warns people to stay out of the water at Maximo Beach.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — Two St. Petersburg beaches remain closed because of high levels of fecal bacteria, as we head into the weekend.

On Friday, the City of St. Petersburg announced it had reopened Northshore Beach, which was one of 3 beaches that were closed after high levels of fecal bacteria were found in the water.

Recent samplings of the waterways detected levels of 71 or greater Enterococci bacteria per 100 milliliters of marine water, prompting health officials to close the beaches.

RELATED: Health advisory issued for Fort De Soto’s North Beach

The two beaches that remained closed as of Friday afternoon are Maximo Beach and Lassing Park.

City officials believe runoff from recent rains has affected the water. They are advising visitors to not swim until they can determine whether the water is safe.

The city claims Public Works officials are sampling waterways more often in an efforts “to better inform and educate residents about their valuable.”

Find out more information about the testing an the potential dangers of poor water quality.

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