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High bacteria count keeps Sunset Beach closed to swimming


Swimming still off limits at sunset beach

The Sunset Beach swimming area remains closed after water samples tested by health officials Monday continued to show an unacceptably high bacteria count. Officials said the water is considered a potential health threat to swimmers. The waters of Sunset Beach have been closed to swimmers since Aug. 11. The Pinellas County Health Department conducts saltwater beach testing through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tracts of humans and animals, and which may cause disease, infections or rashes. The bacteria's presence is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets, wildlife and sewage. Health officials will retest the water later this week.


Fire near ALF is ruled an accident

Firefighters have ruled a Monday night blaze that caused $6,000 worth of damage to a storage building outside ManorCare, an assisted living facility, as accidental. Authorities say no one was injured in the fire, which started before 10:40 p.m. Monday at 870 Patricia Ave. The flames, confined to an unoccupied outbuilding containing maintenance and cleaning equipment, appear to have started inside a gas dryer.


Redistricting to be topic of meeting

State Rep. Peter Nehr (R-Tarpon Springs) will host a redistricting meeting from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Tarpon Springs City Hall, 324 E Pine St. Attendees will have the opportunity to comment on how they feel electoral districts should be drawn for the next 10-year period. The redistricting process uses Census data to redraw the lines and boundaries of electoral districts to ensure they are substantially equal in population. This process affects districts at all levels of government, from local school boards and city councils to state legislatures and the U.S. House of Representatives. Contact Sharon E. Nehring, chief legislative aide, at (727) 943-4880 with any questions. For more information, go to or


Teens invited to be Hospice volunteers

Suncoast Hospice invites teens from ages 14 to 18 to check out volunteer opportunities with the organization during an open house Sept. 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt Community Service Center, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd. near Largo. Various jobs are available to teens, from helping in the Hospice resale shops to assisting with special events. Teens can also work the cameras and other equipment to help patients and families record their life stories, become Party Pals to celebrate special occasions with patients, or form cheer teams to visit patients at home and bring a much-needed lift to their spirits. Current teen volunteers will be at the open house to share their stories, and there will be door prizes and snacks. Volunteers must be able to use the Hospice center at 5771 Roosevelt Blvd. as their home base, but can volunteer at either the Palm Harbor or St. Petersburg offices. For information, contact Kathi Wendt at (727) 771-4433 or Laura McGary at (727) 771-4435 for Palm Harbor or Fabiana Compas at (727) 564-5920) for St. Petersburg.

High bacteria count keeps Sunset Beach closed to swimming 08/23/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 7:03pm]
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