The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Miami-Dade Office's most recent weekly sample collection for bacterial monitoring (Enterococus) in Key Biscayne took place on October 8, 2018. Results, available here, showed that three sampling locations received a status of GOOD. This reults means that 0-35.4 Enteroccus sp were counted per 100 ml of marine water. The locations are Crandon Park North, Crandon Park South and Cape Florida Park. Note that this round of sampling did not include the Key Biscayne Beach (Beach Club), the usual fourth location. It received a Good test result on October 1.
The latest red tide results are available at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website's interactive daily sample map. Local sampling on October 11 by was conducted in Crandon Park (at the swim buoy near the beach and in open water 1.5 miles east of the beach) and off the southern tip of Key Biscayne in the Safety Valve south of the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park seawall. The seawater samples were analyzed at the FWC laboratory and results posted online on October 16. Results, given by gray dots on the map, showed red tide was not present or at background (0-1,000) levels at all three locations.
Visit our Beach and Water Quality Overview web page for more information on beach maintenance and water quality sampling and testing.