Beach Quality Program



Read the signs at Charlotte County beaches.

Charlotte County Health Department is participating in the Florida Healthy Beaches Program. The Healthy Beaches Program involves the monitoring of salt or brackish water beaches and issues health advisories if beach waters fail to meet required standards. Eight beaches throughout Charlotte County are sampled and monitored weekly for numbers of bacteria. The goal of the program is to prevent waterborne illness by advising Florida residents and visitors against recreating in waters potentially contaminated with human pathogens. Signs are posted at public beaches to notify people about the water quality.

Fecal enteroccci are bacteria that are indicators of associated pathogenic bacteria that may cause illness in swimmers. The bacteria inhabit warm blooded animals and are excreted in animal waste products. Although these organisms may not necessarily be pathogenic (disease causing) they indicate the possibility of pathogenic microorganisms that may be present in the water, If high concentrations of pathogenic organisms are ingested while in recreational waters or enter through an open cut or sore they may cause human disease or infections. The most common symptoms include rashes, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

The 30” x 17” reflective metal signs are placed prominently on monitored beaches. Under normal conditions the signs read, “This Beach Monitored as Part of the Healthy Beaches Program -No Water Quality Advisory at this Time.” If a warning or an advisory is issued based upon the results of water sampling, the metal sign will be adjusted to read “ADVISORY - High Bacteria Levels Swimming NOT Recommended -- Increased Risk of Illness at This Time”. This statement coupled with the large universal no swimming icon should warn individuals to refrain from recreating in the water until the advisory is lifted.

Check for a Beach Advisory

See Water Sample Results

Red Tide Information


Beach Monitoring Sign - This beach is monitored as part of the healthy beaches program.  No water quality advisory at this time.

Advisory Sign - High Bacteria Levels


Environmental Health Contact:

(941) 743-1266

For information after business hours please call 941-624-7200.

Department of Health Mission: To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

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