FORT WALTON BEACH — Four Okaloosa County parks may have potentially hazardous bathing water, the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County stated this week.


FORT WALTON BEACH — Four Okaloosa County parks may have potentially hazardous bathing water, the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County stated this week.



Poquito Park, Shalimar; Gulf Islands National Seashore, Okaloosa Island; Lincoln Park, Valparaiso; and Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville failed tests based on EPA-recommended enterococci standards.



Enteric bacteria’s presence indicates fecal pollution from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife or human sewage.