Banner photo of alligator with Florida Health logo and Florida Dept. of Health in St. Lucie County.

Healthy Beaches Program

In August 2000, the beach water sampling program was expanded to include the 34 Florida counties. In August 2002, the coastal counties began collecting weekly samples and today perform biweekly sampling at designated locations. The coastal beach water samples collected by the county health departments are analyzed for enterococci bacteria. High concentrations of these bacteria may indicate the presence of microorganisms that could cause disease, infections, or rashes. County health departments will issue health advisories or warnings when these conditions are confirmed. Testing is done at a local state certified laboratory and the results are updated twice monthly. Results for our local beaches can be found at: Florida Healthy Beaches Website.

The ocean beaches program is funded in part through the Florida Healthy Beaches Program.


Advisory-High Bacteria Levels-Swimming Not Recommended.  Health Advisory - Due to high levels of bacteria, residents are urged to avaoid contact with river water near:  River Park Marina, Veterans Memorial Park, Sandpiper Bay Canoe Launch.  Health risks include upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritation and skin rashes.

River Sampling

In addition, the St. Lucie County Health Department collects samples from the North Fork of the St. Lucie River as warranted. Similar to the Healthy Beaches Program the water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria. Advisory signs will be posted and residents urged to avoid contact with the water, if higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria are present.

River Sampling Results

DateRiver Park MarinaVeterans Park Sandpiper Bay Canoe Launch
10/20/2014 Poor Poor Poor
10/6/2014 Poor Poor Poor
9/22/2014 Poor Poor Poor
9/8/2014 Poor Poor Poor
8/25/2014 Poor Poor Moderate
8/11/2014 Poor Poor Moderate
7/28/2014 Poor Poor Poor
7/14/2014 Poor Poor Poor
6/23/2014 Poor Poor Poor
6/9/2014 Good Moderate Poor
5/28/14 Moderate Moderate Good
5/21/14 Poor Poor Poor

Good = 0 to 35 cfu Enterococcus / 100 ml river water
Moderate = 36 to 104 cfu Enterococcus / 100 ml river water
Poor = 105 or more cfu Enterococcus / 100 ml river water