Bird Key Park reopens to swimmers after bacteria warning

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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 8:04 am

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A "no swim" advisory that has been in place at Bird Key Park on the west side of the Ringling Causeway in Sarasota since Thursday has been lifted.

Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County officials received testing results Saturday that were at a satisfactory level 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 this beach site. The "no swim" advisory signage will be removed.

This closes out the 3rd no swimming advisory on the last three weeks at Suncoast beaches.  Advisories had also been issued at Venice Beach and Nokomis Beach recently.  In all three cases, the advisory was lifted after after no more than a couple of days.

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