7 Suffolk beaches closed to swimming

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Seven Suffolk County beaches are closed to swimming this weekend "due to the finding of bacterial levels in excess of acceptable criteria," health officials said.

Benjamin Beach in Bay Shore, Sound Beach POA West in Sound Beach, Tides Beach in Rocky Point and Beech Road Beach in Rocky Point were closed on Friday, the county health department said Friday in a news release.

Bayberry Cove Beach in Setauket and Stony Brook Yacht Club Beach in Stony Brook were closed Thursday and remain closed, officials said.

Copiague Harbor Beach in Copiague, shuttered on July 10, is still closed, officials said.

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"These beaches will remain closed until health officials are able to determine that the water quality is acceptable," the health department said in the release. "In most cases, beaches that are closed will be sampled on a daily basis in an effort to reopen them as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced Friday that Field No. 6 West Beach at Heckscher State Park in East Islip has reopened to swimming after water quality test samples taken were determined to be acceptable.

For more information on county beach closings, call the Bathing Beach hotline at 631-852-5822, call the ecology office at 631-852-5760 during business hours, or go to www.suffolkcountyny.gov/health and under "Our Environment," click "Beaches."

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