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"No Swim" Advisory Issued For Mashes Sands Beach

By: Wakulla County BOCC; Emily Johnson Email
By: Wakulla County BOCC; Emily Johnson Email
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Updated By: Emily Johnson
May 9, 2014 11PM

It might look like a normal Friday afternoon at the coast, but in reality Mashes Sands Beach in Wakulla County is now under a "NO" Swim Advisory, because of the poor water quality.

"We routinely sample the beaches for bacterial water quality and the latest bacterial test results came back over the limit and anytime they come back over the limit we have to post an advisory," said Kevin Lawhon, Wakulla County Health Department Environmental Health Director.

The standard levels of the Entercocci Bacteria according to the Wakulla County Health Department is around 104. Recent test shows the bacteria levels are way above the normal average at 3,000.

Officials said they issued the "NO" Swim Advisory early Friday morning and they said they're going to check again next week to see if the bacteria levels have decreased.

"A heavy thing of rain last week, we seem to notice a correlation of heavy rains the bacteria levels go up and we typically end up posting advisories after those events have happen," said Lawhon.

Residents from Georgia who have been coming to Mashes Sands for more than fifty years said they became concerned when they saw the reddish color water.

"More waste comes down when it rains up north so it does come down and it does come down here so that probably is causing a lot of it," said Glenda Albritton.

The Florida Healthy Beach Program is responsible for collecting more than 300 sample sites in 34 coastal counties. You can find more information about the "No" Swim Advisory by going to the Florida Department of Health Division of Environmental Health.


Updated By: Emily Johnson
May 9, 2014

Swimmers at a certain beach will notice a sign this weekend, and they won't necessarily like it.

The Wakulla County Health Department has issued a "NO" Swim Advisory for Mashes Sands Beach near Panacea.

Officials issued the warning because of what they say is poor water quality.

As part of the program across Florida, state beaches are tested once over every two weeks.

A recent test shows that Mashes Sand Beach has enterococci bacteria levels higher than 105.

Officials from the Wakulla County Health Department say the increase in bacteria is from the high rains we've had this year.

Another test will be done again in two weeks.


Press Release: Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners
May 9, 2014

The Wakulla County Health Department has issued a “NO” Swim Advisory for Mashes Sands Beach due to the water quality. If you have any questions, please contact the Wakulla County Health Department at 850-926-0401 or visit the DOH Beach Water Quality website at www.floridashealth.com/beachwater


Press Release: Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners
September 6, 2013

UPDATE: The WCHD has “removed” the no swim advisory for Shell Point Beach and Mashes Sands Beach; the beaches are now safe to swim.

If you have any questions, please contact the Wakulla County Health Department at 850-926-0401 or visit the DOH Beach Water Quality website at www.floridashealth.com/beachwater


Press Release: Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners
August 23, 2013

The Wakulla County Health Department has issued a “NO” Swim Advisory for Shell Point Beach and Mashes Sands Beach due to the water quality.

If you have any questions, please contact the Wakulla County Health Department at 850-926-0410 or visit the DOH Beach Water Quality website at www.floridashealth.com/beachwater


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