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Sarasota area “No Swim” Advisory lifted at Siesta and Longboat Key Beaches

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A “no swim” advisory that has been in place at Siesta and Longboat Key Beaches since Thursday, Sept. 29 has been lifted today. The advisories at Turtle, Nokomis and North Jetty Beaches remain in effect. Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County officials received testing results today that were at a satisfactory level for enterococcus bacteria meeting both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state recreational water standards. Residents and visitors may return to swimming and other water sports at these beach sites. The “No Swim” advisory signage will be removed; however, Red Tide advisory signage for the Karenia brevis algae bloom currently off the coastline will remain in place until conditions improve. Health officials plan to continue water quality monitoring throughout the weekend.