GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - As we enter the long Memorial Day holiday weekend, there are now two parts of the Mississippi Sound off Gulfport's beach swimmers should avoid. Thursday the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a water contact advisory for Gulfport Central Beach from Alfonso Drive east to Arkansas Avenue.
Gulfport East Beach from Tegarden Road east to Anniston Avenue remains under the water contact advisory MDEQ issued Wednesday.
MDEQ warns if you swim in these parts of the Mississippi Sound, the current high bacteria levels mean you have a higher chance of getting sick.
MDEQ will lift these advisories when water samples show that bacteria levels are safe for human contact again.