Florida Beaches Ranked 5th in Nation for Water Quality

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A new report is ranking Florida No. 5 in the nation in the quality of its beach water.

The report released Wednesday by the National Resources Defense Council says 3 percent of the Florida beach water it sampled last year exceeded national standards for bacteria and fecal matter.

Beaches in Dixie County, along the Gulf Coast, had the state's highest rate of instances exceeding the standards. Beaches in Collier, Duval, Flagler, Franklin, St. Johns and Wakulla counties had no instances.

Florida has the most coastal swimmers in the nation with more than 1,000 miles of coastline.

The state has more than 600 public coastal beaches.

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