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Bacteria levels too high on 9 Coast beaches

A swimming advisory sign on the beach west of Courthouse Road in Gulfport warns visitors about high bacteria levels in the water in June 2014.
A swimming advisory sign on the beach west of Courthouse Road in Gulfport warns visitors about high bacteria levels in the water in June 2014. kranderson@sunherald.com File

Nine beaches in South Mississippi have bacteria levels that are too high, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality reported Friday.

Six advisories were added and three remain in effect.

The beaches are not closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming there, the department said in a release.

The new advisories are:

▪ Lakeshore Beach in Bay St. Louis from the Silver Slipper Casino east to Pointset Avenue

▪ Buccaneer State Park Beach in Waveland extending 100 yards on each side of the sign

▪ Pass Christian East Beach from Espy Avenue to Hayden Avenue

▪ Long Beach Beach from Oak Gardens Avenue to S. Girard Avenue

▪ Gulfport West Beach from Marie Avenue to Camp Avenue

▪ Gulfport Harbor Beach from 20th Avenue to Thornton Avenue

Advisories are still in effect for:

▪ Bay St. Louis Beach from the box culvert to Ballantine Street

▪ Gulfport Central Beach from Alfonso Drive to Arkansas Avenue

▪ Gulfport East Beach from Tegarden Road to Anniston Avenue

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