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Health advisory lifted for beach at E.G. Simmons Park

A health advisory issued for the beach at E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin was lifted Thursday after follow-up testing of the water found a satisfactory level of enterococci bacteria, per the Environmental Protection Agency.

The advisory was issued Feb. 13 after testing performed three days earlier, the Hillsborough County Health Department said. Samples taken at that time were above threshold for the bacteria.

The health department has been conducting coastal quality monitoring at nine sites once every two weeks since August 2000 and weekly since August 2002 through the state’s Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program.

Enterococci bacteria is typically found in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals and may cause human disease, infections, or rashes. It is an indictation of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage, the department said.

The park is at 2401 19th Ave N.W.

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