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Water Quality

Main Administrative Office

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota conducts weekly sampling at 16 beaches along the Sarasota County coast. Samples are analyzed for Enterococci bacteria and Karenia Brevis (the algal organism that causes Red Tide). Samples for Enterococci are analyzed by a local certified environmental testing laboratory and Karenia Brevis samples are analyzed by Mote Marine Laboratory


Bacteria Information     Red Tide Information