North Shore Beach Reopens
The beach was closed earlier this week because of high levels of bacteria.
ST. PETERSBURG – After the resampling of the waters at St. Petersburg’s North Shore Beach, results have returned to the Good category using the criteria borrowed from the Florida Healthy Beaches Program.
The beach , 901 North Shore Dr. NE, was closed earlier in the week because of high levels of bacteria caused by rain runoff.
The bacteriological results for the sample collected Thursday (June 15) was 4 enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water, well within the acceptable range. No other testing sites showed elevated levels and other city beaches remain open for water recreation at this time.
Residents are advised that results can change rapidly during periods of heavy rain because of runoff. Weekly samples are usually taken on Wednesday and posted to the city’s website on Thursday. In the event that a sample results in a level above 70 enterococci, the water will be resampled the following day and the results posted Friday.
Florida Healthy Beaches Program categories are:
Good = 0-35 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water
Moderate = 36-70 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water
Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water
Further information about the city’s water quality testing program and issues related to elevated Enterococci levels can be found at stpete.org
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