The water at the beach was retested and came back with a low level of Enterococci (less than 35.5) when the previous test was 85.
The Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County conducted a saltwater quality sampling at the Town of Palm Beach Midtown Beach on August 25, 2020. The water sample was examined for Enterococci bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, and which may cause human disease, infections or rashes. The presence of Enterococci bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. The test result for Midtown Beach came back with a high Enterococci Level of 85 and thus a Water Quality Advisory is being issued by the Health Department for this beach. The Health Department considers this a potential health risk to the bathing public.
The Town of Palm Beach has taken the immediate action of closing Midtown Beach to swimming and is working to have the water quality resampled in order to open the beaches as soon as possible.