From Bruce Ritchie:
A senator whose summer beach trip was spoiled by high bacteria levels has filed a bill directing the state to investigate possible sources of beach water contamination.
Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, rented a hotel room at Hollywood Beach last summer to stay with visiting relatives. But when they went down to the water, they discovered that advisories against swimming had been issued by the local health department.
“I said, ‘I can’t believe the beach is shut down,'” Sobel said.
When she began asking local officials why the advisories were issued, she was told the cause of the contamination was unknown or there were a variety of causes, including droppings from birds.
Her SB 526 would require the Department of Health to investigate sources of beach water contamination and publish reports on the department’s web site.
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