PINE ISLAND — High levels of bacteria have caused the Hernando County Health Department to issue a swimming advisory for the beach at Pine Island.
The man-made beach, at Alfred A. McKethan Park, will not be closed. But test results received March 11 indicate that the water quality is in the "poor" range and may pose an increased risk of disease exposure, especially to very young children, older adults and those who have weakened immune systems.
Pine Island is the only public beach on the Gulf of Mexico in Hernando County. Other public swimming areas near the coast are at Rogers Park, on the Weeki Wachee River west of Weeki Wachee, and at Linda Pedersen Park, along Jenkins Creek north of Hernando Beach.