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Weekly Beach Report

Is the beach safe this week?


The recent dry spell has had a positive impact on the water quality with little or no runoff of contaminants into the ecosystem. All local water reports are listed as good for our dog beaches. Although an advisory has not been issued, Fred Howard Beach has received a poor rating for water quality on 11/4. Fred Howard Beach is not a dog beach.

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 quality of the water is affected by numerous factors- including heavy rains which can flush contaminants from the land into our waterways into the gulf. This blog does not discuss red tide and we are working on addressing that in a separate blog at this time.

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: Test Date November 6, 2019

Davis Island– GOOD rating on 11/6

Picnic Island: GOOD rating on 11/6

Apollo Beach Nature Preserve: GOOD Rating on 11/6

Pinellas County Water Quality Results:  Test Date November 4, 2019

Fort Desoto: GOOD rating issued on 11/4

Honeymoon Island: GOOD rating issued 11/4

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

Hillsborough County Beaches

Pinellas County Beaches


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