|Public Swimming Places ( Pools, Spas, and Beaches)
Swimming pools, water parks, and bathing places are sources for
year-round family fun in Florida and places to cool off during the
hot summer months. Although the risks are low, they can also be
sources of waterborne diseases. Although chlorine is effective
against many diseases that can get into recreational waters,
overcrowding in pools and water parks can rapidly reduce chlorine
levels. A few disease organisms are resistant to chlorine.
|Use this database to
track inspections of public pools –
including those maintained by cities,
apartment complexes, water parks, homeowners
associations and hotels – from across the
state. This data reflects state Department
of Health inspections from January 2008
through June 2009.
Inspection Database - Florida Pools
more information on specific organisms, suggested chemical
treatments and other requirements for maintaining a public swimming
pool, visit our Technical Information
for Pools page.
Many disease outbreaks in pools and water parks are caused by
young children having bowel movements while in the water.
The fecal material from these accidents can contain disease
organisms that will spread rapidly if the chlorine levels are low or
if they are resistant to disinfectants. If there is an accident at a
public pool, please follow the
CDC's Fecal Accident Response.
For this reason our Environmental Specialists conduct
inspections of all licensed public pools a minimum of twice a year,
to monitor compliance with disinfection levels, water chemistry and
Manual addition of chemicals are allowed under special conditions
and require that the pool be closed prior to addition and for at
least 1 hour period after addition or a longer period as necessary
for sufficient and safe distribution of the chemical.
Cleanliness – The pool and pool deck must be kept free from
sediment, floating debris, visible dirt and algae. Pools must be
refinished when the pool surfaces cannot be maintained in a safe and
Food, drink and glass containers are not allowed in the pool and
on the pool wet deck area.
All equipment and sections of the pool and pool area must be kept
in good repair.
This Picture shows a hand rail and steps
not being maintained.
This picture shows a defective light creating a safety
This picture shows unsanitary conditions.
Dangerous conditions may occur if public pools are not routinely
inspected. When use of a public swimming pool requires an
admission or a membership fee, the most recent pool inspection
report must be posted in plain view. Sanitary facilities must
be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition and supplies such as
toilet paper, paper towels or blow dryer, soap and waste baskets
must be provided.
Activity accessories such as volleyball and basketball nets may
be used for designated times provided a clear four foot deck area is
maintained behind the structures. When the pool is open for general
use these accessories are not allowed.
Environmental Health Section also inspects and obtains samples of
Beach Water to ensure the safe use of the Beaches by citizens and
guests. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) 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. The goal of the program is
to prevent waterborne illness by advising Florida residents and
visitors against recreating in potentially contaminated waters.
Nine beaches throughout Charlotte County are sampled and monitored
weekly for numbers of bacteria because may cause illness in
swimmers. If high amounts of bacteria 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.
Metal signs can be found on the monitored beaches. They will read
“This Beach Monitored as Part of the Healthy Beaches Program”. Under
normal conditions the sign reads “No Water Quality Advisory at this
Time.” Should a warning or an advisory be issued based upon the
results of the sampling the signs will be changed to read “ADVISORY”
“High Bacteria Levels. Swimming NOT Recommended -- Increased Risk of
Illness at This Time”. This statement along with the large universal
no swimming icon should warn individuals to refrain from recreating
in the water until the advisory is lifted.
DOH promotes and protects the health and safety of all people in
Florida through the delivery of quality public health services and
the promotion of health care standards.
For current Beach Testing information please visit: Florida Department of Health, Healthy Beaches Program.