By Anne Geggis

Ocean water testing reported Thursday gave the all clear to seven beaches from Jupiter to Boca Raton that had been closed to swimmers on Wednesday because of unacceptably high levels of bacteria found in sampling earlier in the week.

Ocean Inlet Park in Ocean Ridge, Delray Beach Municipal Beach and the adjacent Sandoway Park, and Spanish River Park in Boca Raton had been among the beaches closed because of the advisory from the Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County. But, by early Thursday afternoon, they were open again.

The Health Department does daily water tests at public beaches to ensure the levels of bacteria associated with stormwater runoff, human sewage and animal waste are at a level no greater than the standard for safe recreation in the water. The samples that found unacceptably high levels were taken during testing on Monday and follow-up water samples were taken on Wednesday.

The other beaches that had been closed due to water sampling that showed poor water quality were Carlin Park in Jupiter, Riviera Beach Municipal Beach Park, Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach and R.G. Kreusler Park in Lake Worth Beach.

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