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Health Advisory issued for Bahia and Davis Island Beaches due to high bacteria Levels

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Oct. 4, 2023

UPDATE: Bacteria levels at Davis Island Beach are at safe levels.

Sept. 28, 2023

TAMPA – The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough (DOH-Hillsborough) has issued a swim advisory for the following beaches based on the criteria for fecal indicator bacteria at:

  • Bahia Beach, Ruskin, FL
  • Davis Island Beach, Tampa, FL

At this time, there is a potential health risk to the bathing public, and swimming is not recommended.

DOH-Hillsborough conducts saltwater beach water quality monitoring once each week, through Florida’s Healthy Beaches Program. The water samples are being analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci), that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, and which may indicate increased risk of human disease, infections, or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.

The latest testing on all saltwater beaches is located at