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Weekly Beach Report

Is the beach safe this week?

UPDATED November 19, 2020

We’re still waiting on the Hillsborough County Beach water quality reports to be posted- which is unusual- as they are normally posted without delay by the Department of Health. As soon as they are updated, we will post the results below. As a reminder, Pinellas County water quality reports are now being issued bi-weekly due to a reduced funding for weekly water testing. We urge you to reach out to your county commissioners to encourage them to fund weekly testing.


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 (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: 11/9/20 

Davis IslandModerate Results- 11/9

Picnic Island:Good Results 11/9

Apollo Beach Nature Preserve:   Water quality at nearby Bahia Beach Good Results 11/9

Pinellas County Water Quality Results: Test Date 11/30/2020 RESULTS UPDATED Bi-WEEKLY

Fort Desoto: Good Results 11/16 NEXT RESULTS EXPECTED 11/30

Honeymoon Island: Good Results 11/16 NEXT RESULTS EXPECTED 11/30

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

Hillsborough County Beaches

Pinellas County Beaches


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