Shirley Beach closed due to bacteria levels

Six additional beaches remain closed

Shirley Beach in Shirley is closed to bathing due to the finding of bacteria at levels in excess of acceptable criteria.

The following beaches, which closed on the weekend, remain closed: Terraces on the Sound Beach in Rocky Point, Asharoken Beach in Northport, Steers Beach in Northport, and Tides Beach in Rocky Point.

The following beaches, which closed last week, remain closed: Tanner Park Beach in Copiague, and Lake Ronkonkoma Islip Town Beach.

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 or visit the website.

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