The Glynn County Health Department issued an advisory Tuesday for people to avoid going into the water off South Beach, near the St. Simons Island Lighthouse, from 9th Street to the pier. As with previous advisories, it was issued because the water tested came back with a level of enterococcus bacteria higher than the allowed amount. The bacteria could be from “animal waste, stormwater runoff or boating waste.” Also, any fish from this area should be washed with fresh water and “thoroughly cooked.” The advisory will be lifted once the bacteria returns to an acceptable level.

At present, the beaches on St. Simons Island are not closed because of Hurricane Florence, but the Glynn County Board of Commissioners suggests people should stay out of the water because of higher surf and rip currents.

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