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Weekly Beach Report

Is the beach safe this week?

UPDATED August 15, 2019

Recent heavy rains may be the culprit behind poor water quality results at our Hillsborough County dog beaches. As of the testing on 8/7, only Picnic Island received a good water quality rating. Both Fort Desoto and Honeymoon Island rated good in Pinellas County on the 8/12 testing results. 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 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: Updated August 15, 2019

Davis Island– Moderate rating. Suggest avoiding until good quality is re-established.

Picnic Island:Good quality rating on 8/7. 

Apollo Beach Nature Preserve: Likely POOR. Nearby Bahia Beach and Simmons Park both rated poor on 8/7. Use at your own risk. Advisories have been issued for both Simmons Park and Bahia Beach which are nearby.

Pinellas County Water Quality Results:  Updated August 12, 2019

Fort Desoto: GOOD

Honeymoon Island: GOOD

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

Hillsborough County Beaches

Pinellas County Beaches


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