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Weekly Beach Report

Is the beach safe this week?

UPDATED March 19, 2020


The city of Tampa has closed Davis Island Beach and Picnic Island Beach- including the dog-friendly sections as of sundown on 3/18. Pinellas County Commissioners just voted to close all Pinellas County beaches including Fort Desoto. Honeymoon Island remains open for now- however county officials will be asking that the state close this beach as well. We will stay on top of this and post updates when available.

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 March 11, 2020

Davis IslandGood Rating on 3/11

Picnic Island:GOOD rating on 3/11

Apollo Beach Nature PreserveGOOD rating on 3/11

Pinellas County Water Quality Results:  Test Date March 9, 2020

Fort Desoto: GOOD rating issued on March 9

Honeymoon Island: GOOD rating issued March 9

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

Hillsborough County Beaches

Pinellas County Beaches


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