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Old 08-22-2011, 12:40 PM
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Default Sunset Beach - Closed (Bacteria Levels)

Stay away from this one, probably Howard Park too just to be safe

Tarpon Springs beach remains closed for now
Last Updated: Monday, August 22, 2011 TARPON SPRINGS --

The advisory issued earlier this month for Sunset Beach in Tarpon Springs remains in effect - for now.

The Pinellas County Health Department issued the advisory Aug. 11 for the water at Sunset Beach in Tarpon Springs based on the marine water bacterial indicator recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. This area should be considered a potential health risk to swimmers.

The Aug. 15 resample was at levels considered a potential health risk also. New samples are being taken today.

The health department conducts saltwater beach testing through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program.

Water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) which may cause human disease, infections or rashes.
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:48 PM
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Common this time of year. Lots of rain run off combined with little wind to move the water around, combined with water that is probably over 90 degrees and you have a nice recipe for bacteria.

Can't imagine HP is much better.
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:29 PM
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Unhappy Nasty...

Love those bacteria-laced launches. I hope by Thursday a little wind and rain event may help things a bit. I'm sure the Ben T. Davis, Cypress, and Picnic Island beaches are no better.
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:57 PM
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Suncoast Surfrider usually keeps tabs on water quality issues.

You might check their website for info and links if you really want to know what's in there. I wouldn't recommend sniffing around too much though, it might be kinda stinky....


www.kiteboardingtampabay.com
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Old 08-26-2011, 11:46 AM
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UPDATE:

Hey just in time for a weekend of windy westerlies!

TARPON SPRINGS --
The advisory issued earlier this month for Sunset Beach in Tarpon Springs has been lifted.

The Pinellas County Health Department issued the advisory Aug. 11 for the water at Sunset Beach in Tarpon Springs based on the marine water bacterial indicator recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. This area should be considered a potential health risk to swimmers.

An Aug. 15 resample caused the beach to remain closed because of levels considered a potential health risk.

New samples taken on Monday showed the beach was safe.
The health department conducts saltwater beach testing through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program.

Water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) which may cause human disease, infections or rashes.
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