Due to the finding of bacteria at levels that exceed acceptable criteria, Benjamin Beach in Bay Shore is closed to bathing.
According to Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Dr. James Tomarken, bathing in bacteria-contaminated water can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat.
The beach will reopen when further testing reveals that the bacteria have subsided to acceptable levels.
Additionally, Lake Ronkonkoma remains closed due to a cyanobacteria bloom. The lake will reopen when further testing reveals that the cyanobacteria levels have subsided to acceptable levels.
For the latest information on affected beaches, call the Bathing Beach HOTLINE at 852-5822 or contact the Department's Office of Ecology at 852-5760 during normal business hours.