Stretch Of Beach Closed In St. Andrews

Don't make plans to hit the beach this weekend in parts of Jackson County.

Friday, officials with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a beach advisory in St. Andrews. This particular stretch of beach runs along Main Street near the St. Andrews Golf Course.

Officials say they've found high levels of bacteria in water samples, and they're advising people to stay out of the water and off the beaches. The MDEQ says contamination can lead to side effects like an upset stomach and diarrhea.

Robert Bishop has been working along the beach.

"Staff infection is a possibility. You could get scratched or cut on something out there. It's definitely something you definitely want to look out there for. There's probably stuff out there that they don't have names for," Bishop said.

Ocean Springs resident Josh Bigelow said avoiding the water won't be a problem for him.

"I haven't had any desire to go swimming since the hurricane. I probably won't ever get back in the water because of the contamination. Other than that, it's nice to look at, but I won't get back in," Bigelow said.

Officials say the high bacteria content could increase because of recent rainfall. But they hope levels will return to normal within a few days.

MDEQ officials also say Wednesday's advisory about not swimming off Edgewater Beach in Biloxi remains in effect.