Tampa Parks and Recreation Department manages four beaches located along the
shores of Tampa Bay, including:
Beach hours of operation are from sunrise to sunset.
Tampa's beach water is monitored by the Florida Department of Health as part
Florida Healthy Beaches Program to more accurately determine whether
beaches are safe for recreational uses such as swimming.
The beach water is sampled weekly and analyzed for enterococci and fecal
coliform bacteria. Elevated levels of these bacteria may be due to sewage
contamination, livestock, pets or wildlife. High concentrations of these
bacteria may indicate the presence of pathogens (microorganisms that could cause
disease, infections, or rashes). The Hillsborough County Health Department will
issue health advisories or warnings when these conditions are confirmed. A
health advisory indicates that contact with the water at this site may pose
increased risk of infectious disease, particularly for susceptible individuals.
Results are posted on the
Healthy Beaches website
as Good, Moderate or Poor. For fecal coliform, a
is 0-199 organisms per 100 mL of water, a moderate result is 200-399 organisms
per 100 mL of water, and a poor result is 400 or greater per 100mL of water. For
entorococci organism, a good result is 0-35 colony forming units per 100mL of
water, a moderate result is 36-104 colony forming units per 100mL of water, a
poor result is 105 or greater colony forming units per 100mL of water.
If you are planning a trip to one of Tampa's beaches, which include Ben T.
Davis, Picnic Island, Cypress Point or Davis Islands, please check the
Florida Healthy Beaches web site
for the latest test results.