The water in the Sound directly behind Navarre Park is still “swim at your own risk” after additional tests last week and again on Monday tested high for bacteria levels, according to the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County. High levels of Enterococci, or fecal strep, led the health department to issue a water advisory urging residents and visitors to refrain from water activities such as swimming and boating in the Sound at Navarre Park on June 14.
The high bacteria levels are most likely a result of runoff from heavy rains, said Debbie Stilphen of the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County. Stilphen advises against swimming, boating or any other contact with the water until tests show reduced levels. People with cuts or open wounds are at greater risk for complications, she said. For the full story, subscribe online or read the June 27 Navarre Press.