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Bathing advisories issued for dozens of LI beaches due to heavy rain

Theodore Roosevelt Beach in Oyster Bay last fall.

Theodore Roosevelt Beach in Oyster Bay last fall. Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Due to recent heavy rainfall, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services has recommended a ban on bathing at more than 60 area beaches, while the Nassau County Department of Health has issued an advisory against bathing at 17 area beaches, all effective Friday.

In addition, Philip Healey Beach in Massapequa is closed until further notice due to elevated bacterial levels.

The beaches in Suffolk include: Amityville Village Beach, Amityville; Asharoken Beach, Asharoken; and Bay Hills Beach Association, Baycrest Association Beach, Crescent Beach, Head of the Bay Club Beach, Nathan Hale Beach Club Beach and Wincoma Association Beach in Huntington Bay.

Also, Bayberry Beach & Tennis Club and Islip Beach in Islip; Bayberry Cove Beach, Bayview Beach, Grantland Beach, Indian Field Beach and Little Bay Beach in Setauket-East Setauket; Bayport Beach, Bayport; Beech Road Beach (NSBA), Broadway Beach (NSBA), Friendship Drive Beach (NSBA), Terraces on the Sound and Tides Beach in Rocky Point; and Benjamins Beach in Bay Shore.

Others include Brightwaters Village Beach, Brightwaters; Callahans Beach, Crab Meadow Beach, Hobart Beach-Long Island Sound and Steers Beach in Northport; Centerport Beach, Centerport Yacht Club Beach and Huntington Beach Community Association Beach in Centerport; Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club Beach, Lloyd Harbor Village Park Beach, Lloyd Neck Bath Club Beach and West Neck Beach in Lloyd Harbor; Corey Beach, Blue Point; Eagle Dock Community Beach, Cold Spring Harbor; East Islip Beach, East Islip; Fleets Cove Beach and Knollwood Beach Association Beach, Huntington; and Hobart Beach-Cove, Prices Bend Beach and Valley Grove Beach in Eatons Neck.

Also, Long Beach, Nissequogue Point Beach, Schubert Beach and Short Beach in Nissequogue; Miller Place Park Beach and Woodhull Landing POA Beach in Miller Place; Ronkonkoma Beach (Town of Islip), Ronkonkoma; Sayville Marina Park Beach, Sayville; Scotts Beach, Sound Beach POA East and Sound Beach POA West in Sound Beach; Shoreham Beach and Shoreham Shore Club Beach in East Shoreham; Shoreham Village Beach, Shoreham; Soundview Beach Association Beach, Old Field; Stony Brook Beach, Stony Brook; Tanner Park, Copiague; Venetian Shores Beach, West Babylon; West Islip Beach, West Islip; and West Oaks Recreation Beach Club, West Sayville.

The 17 Nassau beaches are: Centre Island Sound, Ransom Beach, Southside Beach and Stehli Beach in Bayville; Creek Club and Lattingtown Beach in Lattingtown; Laurel Hollow Beach in Laurel Hollow; Morgan Sound and Pryibil Beach in Glen Cove; North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington; Piping Rock Beach Club in Locust Valley; Theodore Roosevelt Beach in Oyster Bay; Sea Cliff Village Beach in Sea Cliff; Tappen Beach in Glenwood Landing; Biltmore Beach Club in Massapequa; Hewlett Point Beach in East Rockaway; and Island Park Beach in Island Park.

The alert from Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein noted that the bathing advisory is issued "as a precautionary measure for beaches known to be impacted by stormwater runoff caused by heavy rainfall."

Such runoff can impact water quality by elevating bacteria levels, which may exceed safe state standards for bathing water quality, the announcement said.

The announcement from Suffolk County said the health department recommends bathing and all water contact be suspended in affected areas for at least two successive tidal cycles after a cessation of rainfall.

Both counties said the closures will be reassessed Saturday, with Nassau saying the advisory for its 17 beaches would likely be lifted at 8 a.m. unless impacted by additional heavy rain or water samples reveal elevated bacterial levels.

Suffolk said its advisory would be lifted at 9 p.m., unless additional sampling reveals elevated bacteria levels.

For more information about Nassau beaches, contact the Health Department at 516-227-9717 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For up-to-date recorded information on beach openings and closings, call 516-227-9700.

In Suffolk, you can call the Bathing Beach Hotline at 631-852-5822 or contact the health department's Office of Ecology at 631-852-5760.

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