East Farmingdale, NY- Long Islander’s in Suffolk County looking to beat the heat, should be careful which beach they visit. The Suffolk County Department of Health has closed nine beaches due to high levels of bacteria.
Three of the Nine beaches are found in Rocky Point which include Broadway Beach, Tides Beach, and Terraces on the Sound Beach.
The additional six remaining closures line areas along the Long Island Sound and Great South Bay including:
- Tanner Park Beach in Copiague
- Benjamin Beach in Bay Shore
- Gold Star Battalion Park Beach in Huntington
- Venetian Shores Beach in Lindenhurst
- Corey Beach and Bayport Beach in Bayport
- West Islip Beach
- Amityville Beach
- Sayville Marina Park Beach.
According to Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gregson Pigott, bathing in bacteria-contaminated water can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat.
Beaches will reopen when further testing reveals that the bacteria have subsided to acceptable levels.
For the latest information on affected beaches, call the Bathing Beach HOTLINE at 852-5822 or contact the Department’s Office of Ecology at 852-5760 during normal business hours.