Pinellas Health Dept. lifts bacteria advisory for 4 beaches following Hurricane Hermine

Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County - PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. -- The department of health has lifted bacteria advisories at four Pinellas County beaches, but one of those beaches remains closed due to standing water from Hurricane Hermine.

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas announced on Wednesday that it has lifted its advisory for the water at the following beaches based on the marine water bacterial indicator recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Honeymoon Island State Park
  • Indian Rocks County Access, 1700 Gulf Blvd.
  • Sand Key County Park
  • Redington Shores County Access at 182nd Ave., W.

Pinellas County's Sand Key Park, located in Clearwater, remains closed due to standing water that was caused by Hurricane Hermine's heavy rains. The park will reopen once the standing water issues have been alleviated and public safety can be assured. Parks and Conservation Resources staff is actively pursuing mitigation efforts to assist in removing the standing water from the park.

DOH-Pinellas conducts saltwater beach testing through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci), that normally inhabit the intestinal tracts of humans and animals, and which may cause human disease, infections or rashes.

The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water run-off, pets, wildlife and sewage. The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to determine whether Florida has significant beach water quality problems.

The next routine sampling event will be Sept. 12.

Water quality classifications are based on the EPA's standard for enterococci of no more than 70 colony forming units per 100 milliliters of marine water.

For more information about the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program, visit Select Environmental Health and then Beach Water Quality.


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