Four Florida Beaches Fail Water Quality Tests
Four parks in Florida’s Panhandle may have potentially hazardous bathing water, the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County stated this week.
Garniers Park of Fort Walton Beach, Marler Park of Okaloosa Island, Henderson Beach of Destin and Rocky Bayou State Park of Niceville have received advisories for enteric bacteria presence, the Crest View News Bulletin reported. This indicates fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage.
Current water quality ratings are listed below by sight name, advisory level and water quality.
- Liza Jackson Park, Fort Walton Beach; Pass; Good.
- Garniers Park, Fort Walton Beach; Fail; Poor.
- Marler Park, Okaloosa Island; Fail; Poor.
- Wayside Park, Okaloosa Island; Pass; Moderate.
- Poquito Park, Shalimar; Pass; Moderate.
- Gulf Islands National Seashore, Okaloosa Island; Pass; Moderate.
- East Pass, Okaloosa Island; Pass; Moderate.
- Lincoln Park, Valparaiso; Pass; Moderate.
- Henderson Beach, Destin; Fail; Poor.
- Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville; Fail; Poor.
- James Lee Park, Destin; Pass; Moderate.
- Emerald Promenade, Okaloosa Island; Pass; Moderate.
- Clement E. Taylor Park, Destin; Pass; Moderate.