MIAMI (CBS4) – If you plan to hit Hobie Beach on Rickenbacker Causeway before the afternoon rain hits, stay out of the water.

Miami-Dade’s health department has issued a swimming advisory for Hobie Beach after samples taken from the water show a higher amount of bacteria than what is deemed safe under federal guidelines.

The advisory issued recommends not swimming at this location at this time. Those who ignore the warning face an increased risk of illness, particularly for susceptible individuals.

Since August, 2002, the health department has conducted beach water quality testing at 17 sites including Hobie Beach. Water samples taken from the sites are tested for enteric bacteria which is normally found in the intestinal track of humans and animals, and which may cause human disease, infections, or illness. The prevalence of that bacteria is an indicator of  pollution from feces, which may come from storm water run-off, wildlife, pets and human sewage.

Comments (8)
  1. bcass2 says:

    thats why animals don’t belong on the beach. let the dog owners put their dogs in their own swimming pools.

    1. Jlynn says:

      Animals belong on the beach just as much as we humans do. This planet does not belong solely to us you ignorant narrow minded animal hater. Dogs have just as much right to enjoy the ocean as we do. Notice they say likely causes were storm run off, wildlife,pets and “HUMAN SEWAGE”. Get a clue!

      1. m says:

        “ignorant narrow minded animal hater” love it. LOL!!!!!

        And I agree with you.

    2. GroveLocal says:

      The problems with that area of the bay are because of HUMAN waste, not canine.
      Thanks for playing though.

  2. concernedcitizen says:

    stay in your own pool also bcass

  3. concernedcitizen says:

    how snobby are you? assuming that dog owners have swimming pools at home?

  4. mari says:

    “animals don’t belong on the beach?” well that just sounds absurd! every time it rains this happens.

  5. tommyray says:

    bcass2 Since you dont believe animals should be on the beach than your pool is available?

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