Parks are located on Okaloosa Island, plus in Destin and Valparaiso.

Health advisories have been issued for two Okaloosa Island beaches, three Destin beaches and one Valparaiso beach, following the bi-weekly saltwater testing.

The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) monitors water quality at 11 sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program from March through the end of October.

Samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and which may cause human disease, infections, or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.

The following parks have advisories issued:

Okaloosa Island

Emerald Promenade

Marler Park

Destin

Henderson Park

James Lee Park 

Clement E. Taylor Park

Valparaiso

Lincoln Park


Enterococci levels at those parks exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended standards for this bacteria and should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public, according to a press release from DOH-Okaloosa.