Maximo Beach

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Photo by the City of St. Petersburg

Located in south St. Pete's on traditional Indigenous territory, Maximo Beach and Park offers a wide range of activities across its 70 acre property. At the beach you can find three boat ramps, an expansive nature board walk, two playgrounds, and miles of biking and hiking trails. The beach also houses a 10 foot observation tower perfect for soaking up a St. Pete's sunset. Recently, a championship 18-hole disc-golf course was built, winding through over 40 acres of beach side forest. Washrooms are available near the park entrance and several sheltered picnic areas can be found along the water. Free parking is available next to the main boat ramp.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 6th, 2021. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 10th, 2021 at 12:18 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Maximo Beach is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Water quality results displayed at this location were collected by the City of St. Petersburg Environmental Compliance Division. Weekly testing is conducted on Wednesday and results are usually posted on Thursday. If the test indicates sub-par water quality, testing will be performed again the following day. Results of the second test will be posted on Friday. If the second test still indicates poor quality, an advisory will be issued for the sampling site.

City of St. Petersburg tests for levels of enterococci, a type of bacteria that indicates that pathogenic bacteria and viruses associated with fecal pollution may be present. These bacteria are known as fecal indicator bacteria (FIB).

Florida Administrative Code, based on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria have the following rating criteria: Good= 0-35 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; Moderate= 36-70 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; and Poor= 71 CFU/MPN or greater enterococci / 100 mL of marine water.

Swim Guide uses the thresholds for water quality based on the Florida Administrative Code.
A beach is marked green (pass) when the sample results are equal or below 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water. A beach is marked red(fail) when the sample results are above 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water, according to EPA water quality guidelines. Data more than a week old will revert to “historical status”; clicking the pie chart icon will reveal a summary of the prior yearly or monthly pass/fail data. A sampling location is marked grey when no current or reliable monitoring information is available.

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Maximo Beach

Saint Petersburg, Florida

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 6th, 2021. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 10th, 2021 at 12:18 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Photo by the City of St. Petersburg

Located in south St. Pete's on traditional Indigenous territory, Maximo Beach and Park offers a wide range of activities across its 70 acre property. At the beach you can find three boat ramps, an expansive nature board walk, two playgrounds, and miles of biking and hiking trails. The beach also houses a 10 foot observation tower perfect for soaking up a St. Pete's sunset. Recently, a championship 18-hole disc-golf course was built, winding through over 40 acres of beach side forest. Washrooms are available near the park entrance and several sheltered picnic areas can be found along the water. Free parking is available next to the main boat ramp.

Monitoring Frequency

Maximo Beach is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Water quality results displayed at this location were collected by the City of St. Petersburg Environmental Compliance Division. Weekly testing is conducted on Wednesday and results are usually posted on Thursday. If the test indicates sub-par water quality, testing will be performed again the following day. Results of the second test will be posted on Friday. If the second test still indicates poor quality, an advisory will be issued for the sampling site.

City of St. Petersburg tests for levels of enterococci, a type of bacteria that indicates that pathogenic bacteria and viruses associated with fecal pollution may be present. These bacteria are known as fecal indicator bacteria (FIB).

Florida Administrative Code, based on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria have the following rating criteria: Good= 0-35 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; Moderate= 36-70 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; and Poor= 71 CFU/MPN or greater enterococci / 100 mL of marine water.

Swim Guide uses the thresholds for water quality based on the Florida Administrative Code.
A beach is marked green (pass) when the sample results are equal or below 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water. A beach is marked red(fail) when the sample results are above 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water, according to EPA water quality guidelines. Data more than a week old will revert to “historical status”; clicking the pie chart icon will reveal a summary of the prior yearly or monthly pass/fail data. A sampling location is marked grey when no current or reliable monitoring information is available.

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Water Quality Graph

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