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Florida Healthy Beaches

Environmental Health

The Florida Department of Health in Indian River County collects samples for microbiological analysis at beach locations on a routine basis. The authority and funding for this program comes from the State Healthy Beaches Program which was enacted through State legislation in August, 2000 and includes all 34 of Florida's coastal counties. Indian River samples from the following beach locations and results of sampling can be found at the Florida Department of Health Florida Healthy Beaches Program webpage.

  • Coconut Point Sebastian Inlet
  • Humiston Beach Outflow
  • Round Island Beach Park
  • Sexton Plaza Outflow
  • South Beach Park
  • Wabasso Beach Park

Enterococci is an enteric indicator bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife and human sewage. When enteric bacteria in high concentrations are present in recreational waters and are ingested while swimming or enter the skin through a cut or sore, they may cause human disease, infections or rashes.