Davis Islands Beach is under a 'no swim advisory' due to poop water, again

Davis Islands Beach, which shares a shore with Davis Island Dog Beach, will be resampled on Aug. 26.

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The nearby Davis Islands Dog Beach

Davis Islands Beach, located near the mouth of the Hillsborough River and within one of Tampa’s priciest zip codes, is under a “no swim advisory” after samplings found high traces of the intestinal bacteria, enterococci, an indicator of fecal pollution in the water.

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County issued the advisory after samples taken Wednesday were above the threshold for enterococci bacteria. 

Davis Islands Beach, which technically shares a shore with Davis Island Dog Beach, will be resampled on Aug. 26. If the resampling finds that the water is within the satisfactory range, the advisory will be lifted, according to a press release.

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay reached out to Kevin Watler, Public Information Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, to see how the advisory affects the nearby and popular Davis Islands shoreline which touches the seaplane basin.

"We sample on the non-dog beach side of Davis Island. Seaplane basin is across from where we sample—it shares the same body of water," Watler told CL. "However, there is no beach/water access for bathing because it’s a seawall all the way around. The public access point is where we sample at Davis Island non-dog beach and there are advisory signs posted, which are managed by the City."

click to enlarge KEVIN WATLER
Kevin Watler

High levels of enterococci have been a reoccurring problem with Davis Islands Beach, as just last February the area was closed for the same issue. 

Enterococci bacteria can cause human disease, infections and rashes. The source of the bacteria can be a stormwater runoff, animal droppings or human sewage, according to the release. 

Today’s news arrives just days after three Pasco County beaches also received a “no swim advisory,” after water samples also discovered enterococci.

UPDATED: 08/21/20 9:44 a.m. Updated with comment from Kevin Watler, Public Information Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County.

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Christopher Cann

Christopher is a current journalism student at the University of Florida. His past work can be seen at Ears to Feed, The Independent Florida Alligator and Cigar City Management. 

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