Swimming advisories lifted at 3 Lee County beaches

The Lee County Health Department will lift its no-swimming advisories at three beaches after tests showed bacteria levels are safe again.

The county posted warning signs last week at Bowditch Point and Lynn Hall Park on Fort Myers Beach and at Bonita Beach Park.

On Monday, monitors took samples from 18 Lee County beaches and none was found to have fecal coliform or enterococcus levels above state or federal standards.

The Town of Fort Myers Beach requested sampling at five additional public beaches, boosting the sampling from the usual 13 spots. Samples from the usual 13 beaches will be taken again next Monday.

Enterococcus and coliform bacteria normally live in in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals. Elevated levels are an indicator for pollution from stormwater runoff, pets, wildlife or sewage.

The Collier County Health Department also took samples from Naples and Marco Island beaches Monday, but results aren't expected until Wednesday.

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