More Sections of Coast Beach Closed

Two more sections of beach were made off limits to swimmers Monday, bringing the total to four different areas now closed because of high levels of bacteria in the water.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced that another section in Harrison County was closed and one in Hancock County was also closed. In Gulfport, the area from Thornton Street to 15th Avenue was closed Monday morning. In Pass Christian, the Least Tern area near Shadowlawn Avenue west to Hursey Avenue is also closed.

Over the weekend, the DEQ closed two other sections of beach. In Biloxi, the beach is off limits from Travia Avenue to Iberville Drive. The area from Weeks Bayou to Waters Edge in Ocean Springs was also closed. This was the second time in July those sections were closed.

The department suggests avoiding any activity in these areas. Once the agency gets two consecutive water tests that show acceptable levels of bacteria in the water, these beach areas will re-open.

Are these beach closings a sign of a bigger problem on the Coast? Brad Kessie will examine the problem tonight at 6 on WLOX News.