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Is the beach safe this week?

UPDATED JULY 12, 2021

 

Normally, this blog is centered around the water quality reports provided by the Florida Department of Health- which routinely checks the level of fecal coliform and enterococcus bacteria. Unfortunately, the red tide bloom has really exploded over the past 2 weeks, and the FDOH has temporarily halted their testing at many of our local beaches out of concern for the health and safety of those taking the water samples.

Needless to say, if the FDOH won’t send their people into the water to test for water quality- you probably shouldn’t be taking your pets there either. Fecal coliform and enterococcus bacteria are bad, but red tide can affect your pet, too- and not in a good way. We’re not sure when the FDOH will resume their routine testing of our area beaches- but it likely won’t be until the red tide bloom eases considerably.

In the meantime, we are going to urge caution in going to any local beach with your pet. As of today, July 12- all dog beaches are closed due to high levels of red tide. Pinellas County beaches are open, but are experiencing high levels of red tide.

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 weekly in Hillsborough County- and bi-weekly in Pinellas County. 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.

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 (not tested, but is nearby Bahia Beach- which is tested)
  • Honeymoon Island

*Apollo Beach Nature Preserve is not a site that is tested, however there is a test site within a few miles of this dog beach- Bahia Beach. We will report the findings for this site.  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: 6/23/21

Davis Island: CLOSED DUE TO RED TIDE

Picnic Island: CLOSED DUE TO RED TIDE

Apollo Beach Nature Preserve:   CLOSED DUE TO RED TIDE

Pinellas County Water Quality Results

Fort Desoto: HIGH CONCENTRATION OF RED TIDE

Honeymoon Island: HIGH CONCENTRATION OF RED TIDE

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

Hillsborough County Beaches

Pinellas County Beaches

 

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