Several local beaches remain closed Sunday because of concerns about bacteria related to heavy rain, the Suffolk County Department of Health said.
The latest Huntington beach to be closed is Gold Star Battalion beach. Fleets Cove Beach in Huntington and Centerport Yacht Club Beach in Centerport, which closed earlier Sunday, remain closed to bathing.
Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gregson Pigott, 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.