Harmful bacteria cut short visitors’ Crandon Park beach day (includes video story)

The Florida Department of Health reported harmful bacteria in both northern and southern parts of Crandon Park near Key Biscayne. This past weekend, visitor Haleigh Hockenberry had to cut short her beach trip due to water contamination. 

“It is kind of ruining our beach day,” said Hockenberry. “We’re really hot. We want to cool down.”

While fire rescue trucks cautioned against water entry, no caution signs were posted on the beach. The contamination is linked to human sewage and animal waste, possibly due to a nearby sewage treatment plant. 

For more updates on the advisory, visit FloridaHealth.gov.

Layan Abu Tarboush is a digital broadcasting major at FIU, currently pursuing a minor in International Relations. As an international student from Jordan, Layan is fluent in both Arabic and English and has a deep interest in reporting on Middle Eastern affairs. Layan takes pride in being multicultural with great exposure from the East and West.

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