NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Residents and visitors are advised to heed temporary "no swimming" signs that are being posted Thursday at 17th Avenue South, Ninth Avenue South, Seventh Avenue South and Third Avenue North on the oceanfront in North Myrtle Beach.
According to a North Myrtle Beach press release, people should not swim within 200 feet on either side of these temporary signs.
The notices for these specific locations are being posted because regularly scheduled ocean water samples taken for the city by Coastal Carolina University's Environmental Quality Lab on Sept. 14 and received Thursday showed the elevated presence of enterococci bacteria in the water at those specific locations, the release stated.
Protocol requires that follow up samples be collected, and those samples were taken on Thursday. If the new water samples are found to be within acceptable levels as established by South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the public will be notified and the temporary signs will be removed.
If the levels are found to not fall within acceptable limits, the signs will remain in place as further testing is accomplished and until the levels fall to within acceptable limits, according to the release.