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Weekly Beach Report

Is the beach safe this week?

UPDATED July 10, 2020

The beach is a great place to get out and relax during the COVID-19 pandemic- as long as you’re practicing safe social distancing. This week’s reports from the Florida Department of Health are mostly good- but a moderate level of bacteria has been identified at Honeymoon Island- so use caution if you plan on heading to this popular beach. No advisory has been issued. If you are heading out to the beach with your pup this weekend, be sure to take plenty of fresh water for your pet to stay properly hydrated. Saltwater is toxic to your dog,- and I covered that in another blog.

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*(Currently closed for maintenance/construction)
  • 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: 7/8

Davis Island: Good Results reported 7/8

Picnic Island:Good Results 7/8

Apollo Beach Nature Preserve:  Still Closed for construction

Pinellas County Water Quality Results: Test Date 7/6/2020

Fort Desoto: Good Results 7/6


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

Hillsborough County Beaches

Pinellas County Beaches


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