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Is the beach safe this week?

UPDATED November 11, 2021

Last week’s heavy rains seem to have impacted the water quality at one of our local beaches. The cooler weather has helped drop the gulf temperatures, and the weekend is looking pretty good for a trip to your favorite dog beach- except for one. Read on to see which beach has been impacted.

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. As a reminder- these results have nothing to do with red tide. For more information on red tide in our area, please see the FWC’s website here.

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 11/8/21

Davis Island: Good

Picnic Island: Good

Apollo Beach Nature Preserve:   POOR TEST RESULTS AT NEARBY BAHIA BEACH. ADVISORY ISSUED AT BAHIA BEACH.

As a reminder, Apollo Beach Nature Preserve has a dog-friendly beach. This site is not tested, but is only about one mile from Bahia Beach which is tested weekly. Use these test results at your own risk.

Pinellas County Water Quality Results- Test Date 11/1/21 (Testing done bi-weekly. Next test results expected 11/15)

Fort Desoto: Good Results 

Honeymoon Island: Good Results

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

Hillsborough County Beaches

Pinellas County Beaches

 

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