ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Just in time for the warmer weather, St. Petersburg’s Water Resource Director John Palenchar has given St. Pete’s public beaches a thumbs up.
Weekly sampling of water at city beaches by the city’s Water Resources Environmental Compliance Division shows the water is just right for spring breakers and local residents planning a weekend at the beach.
On March 29, the waters off Lassing Park beach at 2042 Beach Drive, Maximo Beach at Pinellas Point Drive South and Treasure Island beach at 11260 Gulf Blvd. received "good" ratings, indicating that they are safe for swimming. North Shore Beach at 901 North Shore Drive NE received a "moderate" rating, also safe for swimming.
That wasn’t the case a week ago, when three beaches received "poor" ratings, indicating the water had a high bacteria count. However, Palenchar said that was most likely due to heavy rainfall just before the testing (see related story).
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