Twenty-Two Beaches Close To Bathing

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services has closed 22 beaches to bathing due to the finding of bacteria at levels that exceed acceptable criteria. In addition, four beaches that had closed earlier this season remain closed. In total, 26 beaches are closed to bathing.

The following beaches are closed to bathing. Those marked with an asterisk closed earlier this season.

Centerport Yacht Club Beach * Huntington
Fiddlers Green Association Beach Huntington
Valley Grove Beach * Huntington
Lloyd Harbor Estates Beach Huntington
West Islip Beach Islip
Sayville Marina Park Beach Islip
Lake Ronkonkoma – Islip Town Beach * Islip
Callahans Beach Smithtown
Short Beach Smithtown
Nissequogue Point Beach Smithtown
Long Beach Smithtown
Amityville Village Beach Babylon
Tanner Park Beach * Babylon
Venetian Shores Beach Babylon
Corey Beach Brookhaven
Shirley Beach Brookhaven
Bayberry Cove Beach Brookhaven
Lloyd Neck Bath Club Beach Huntington
Gold Star Battalion Park Beach Huntington
Head of the Bay Club Beach Huntington
Nathan Hale Beach Club Beach Huntington
Baycrest Association Beach Huntington
Bay Hills Beach Association Huntington
Crescent Beach Huntington
Knollwood Beach Association Beach Huntington
Fleets Cove Beach Huntington

Bacteria can be introduced to recreational waters from a variety of sources, including storm water runoff, resident waterfowl populations, failing or poorly operating septic systems, sewage spills, boats and marinas, floatable debris, and from bathers themselves.

According to Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Dr. James Tomarken, 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.

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