CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The holiday weekend is only days away. Those looking to celebrate at the Cape Coral Yacht Club beach, can forget about swimming.
The Lee County Health Department tells us the "no swimming" advisory remains in effect for another week. A high level of fecal bacteria as found in the water. The beach has already been closed for more than a week. According to the health department, the bacteria can cause diseases and illness.
The young, the elderly and people with comprised immune systems, are more likely to get sick. Though "no swimming" advisories line the beach, on Wednesday some braved the water anyway. Going for a short dip? Others are avoiding it.
"It was shocking. I swam in that water before. I know people who have play dates. For it to be closed for that reason is shocking," said Molly Scott, a Cape Coral resident.
Instead of playing at the beach, Scott is taking her son Gavin to the nearby public pool.
"I'd rather it be clean than iffy. So since the pool is right here, I'd rather just come here where it's cleaner," she said.
Until the beach gets a passing grade, many others are following molly's lead by staying away. Not a good sign for the upcoming holiday weekend. The snack stands aren't as packed as people go elsewhere to enjoy the sun... and the water.
"I'll be glad when they get it cleaned up," said Arlene Jackson.