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Beach Water Monitoring

Environmental Health


Milton Location


8 a.m.–1 p.m., 2 p.m.–5 p.m.

Healthy Beaches 

Santa Rosa County is part of Florida's Healthy Beaches water sampling program which was initially started in 1998 with a pilot program that included 11 Florida coastal counties. Beach water sampling is conducted every two weeks and the results are reported on the DOH Healthy Beaches website and in local news media.

Water samples are analyzed for enterococci bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of these bacteria in the environment may be an indication of fecal pollution which may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife, and/or human sewage.

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County currently collects samples from five locations:

  • Juana's Pagoda
  • Navarre Beach Pier
  • Navarre Beach West
  • Navarre Park at Highway 98
  • Shoreline Park

High concentrations of enterococci in recreational waters may cause human disease, infections, or rashes if they are ingested while swimming or enter the skin through a cut or sore. The Division of Environmental Health issues health advisories when elevated concentrations of these bacteria are confirmed.


For more information on the Healthy Beaches program, visit Florida Healthy Beaches Program website.

To view the status of local sampling in Santa Rosa County, visit Santa Rosa County results.

For more information regarding beach monitoring programs, please visit Beach Monitoring and Notification or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, Healthy Swimming.