Dr. Webster’s BLOG

Weekly Beach Report

Is the beach safe this week?


We’re getting into the rainy season, and heavy rains can sometimes wreak havoc on the water quality of our beaches. We suggest you keep this page bookmarked so you can find it quickly before heading to your favorite dog beach and assess the water quality.

Water samples are taken by the Florida Department of Public Health from dozens of beaches around the state to test for fecal coliform and enterococcus bacteria. These samples are taken usually on Wednesdays of each week- unless it is a public holiday.  It takes a day before test results are back- and we will report on these as soon as we can review and post them here. The Florida Department of Public Health, however does not test or report on Red Tide- that is handled by the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife. As of the time of this post, there is a major problem with red tide to our south- and the FWC is posting regular updates. As of now, red tide has not been detected in Tampa Bay or in the Gulf waters of Pinellas or Pasco County. If it is reported, we’ll post it here.

There are lots of public beaches in our area- but we will only be posting on the following beaches since they allow our furry friends to play. They are:

  • Davis Island
  • Picnic Island
  • Fort Desoto
  • Apollo Beach Nature Preserve*
  • Honeymoon Island

*Apollo Beach Nature Preserve is not a site that is tested, however there are two test sites within a few miles of this dog beach- Bahia Beach and Simmons Park. We will report the findings for these sites.  Use this data at your own risk.

You may be asking about Gandy Beach. Unfortunately, the Florida Department of Health does not currently do testing at this site. If this changes, we will include it.

Hillsborough County Water Quality Results: Updated June 5, 2019

Davis Island– Good.

Picnic IslandGood

Apollo Beach Nature Preserve: Good results from nearby Bahia Beach.

Pinellas County Water Quality Results: May 28, 2019

Fort Desoto: GOOD

Honeymoon Island: GOOD

Good news to report on Fort Desoto! The Distemper Alert has been lifted. At this time, there is no longer a Distemper Alert in effect. Of course, you should never allow your pets to interact with any wildlife to minimize the risk of infectious disease.


For all local beach reports (non-dog beaches)- follow these links:

Hillsborough County Beaches

Pinellas County Beaches


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