Gulfport Beach

Gulfport, Florida

"Keep Gulfport Weird." You'll find this slogan all over Gulfport, an artists' enclave in Pinellas County which is full of galleries, bars, restaurants, all anchored by a great little beach on Boca Ciega Bay adjacent to a historic waterfront casino. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available nearby, as well as a fishing pier and other amenities. When you're done at the beach, just walk across the street to hit one of the many local and independent businesses that work to help "keep Gulfport weird." Meanwhile, your Tampa Bay Waterkeeper will continue to work to "keep Gulfport swimmable!"

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 21st, 2019. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Gulfport Beach is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Tampa Bay Waterkeeper staff, interns, and volunteers monitor water quality at sites in this region. Sampling season is year round, January through December.

Water at all sites is sampled for enterococcus, a coliform bacteria that indicates fecal pollution. Water is tested every Wednesday and the results are posted every Friday. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of enterococci cfu (colony forming units) per 100 ml. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper utilizes the standardized state and federal criteria to protect public health in recreational waters. A water quality monitoring site is marked Green when it has a Good or Moderate standing meaning the test results show enterococci counts between 0- 70 cfu (colony forming units) / 100ml. A site is marked Red when it has a Poor standing, meaning the test results show enterococci counts that exceed the beach action value (BAV) of 70 cfu/100ml. These conservative advisories better inform vulnerable people (children, elderly, and the immunocompromised) who have elevated health risks due to water quality. A site is marked Grey when no current or reliable monitoring information is available.

All water quality results are posted online and are publicly available. Weekly water quality reports are also distributed via email on Fridays as soon as the data has been analyzed (sign up here to receive water quality notifications). Any additional questions about Tampa Bay Waterkeeper's Water Quality Monitoring Program or our results can be addressed to Andrew Hayslip, andy@tampabaywaterkeeper.

Tampa Bay Waterkeeper's water samples are analyzed at Benchmark EnviroAnalytics, Inc., a NELAP accredited lab. In addition, Tampa Bay Waterkeeper maintains Swim Guide sites using Florida Department of Health's (DOH) enterococcus testing data. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper will also mark beaches red if information comes from other sources indicating that the water is unsafe, for example if a county or a municipality closes a beach because of a local sewage leak.

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) adopted new water quality criteria January 2016 for the Healthy Beaches program. They reflect the most current recommendations and water quality grant requirements in the 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria from the US Environmental Protection Agency. DOH monitoring results are collected weekly on Mondays and results are posted to the Florida Healthy Beaches website on Wednesday. The Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories are: Good = 0-35 Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; Moderate = 36-70 Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water, and; Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water. The 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria recommends using 70 CFU per 100 mL as the Beach Action Value (BAV) to guide public health advisories. A Single Sample Maximum (SSM) at 70 CFU per 100 ml and a BAV are functionally the same. If the sample result is above the indicated value, the beach is resampled and tested the following day or a beach advisory is issued with the first test result. The Healthy Beaches program no longer uses geometric means to represent recreational water quality data.

Please note: Vibrio vulnificus bacteria, also called flesh eating disease, is a naturally occurring bacteria in some of Florida's waters. This bacteria can be lethal, especially when contracted by individuals with compromised immune systems. Concentrations of the bacteria are higher in the mouths of rivers near oceans. The bacteria is most dangerous when ingested in raw seafood but recent deaths are attributed to individuals who have waded in water with broken skin. Beach goers are urged to use caution and consult a physician if you suspect you have come in contact with the bacteria. Additionally, we are currently experiencing an unprecedented red tide event that will continue to affect your ability to recreate safely in the watershed. Check with your local Department of Health or with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for the latest information about red tide.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Gulfport Beach

Gulfport, Florida

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 21st, 2019. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

"Keep Gulfport Weird." You'll find this slogan all over Gulfport, an artists' enclave in Pinellas County which is full of galleries, bars, restaurants, all anchored by a great little beach on Boca Ciega Bay adjacent to a historic waterfront casino. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available nearby, as well as a fishing pier and other amenities. When you're done at the beach, just walk across the street to hit one of the many local and independent businesses that work to help "keep Gulfport weird." Meanwhile, your Tampa Bay Waterkeeper will continue to work to "keep Gulfport swimmable!"

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Gulfport Beach is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Tampa Bay Waterkeeper staff, interns, and volunteers monitor water quality at sites in this region. Sampling season is year round, January through December.

Water at all sites is sampled for enterococcus, a coliform bacteria that indicates fecal pollution. Water is tested every Wednesday and the results are posted every Friday. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of enterococci cfu (colony forming units) per 100 ml. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper utilizes the standardized state and federal criteria to protect public health in recreational waters. A water quality monitoring site is marked Green when it has a Good or Moderate standing meaning the test results show enterococci counts between 0- 70 cfu (colony forming units) / 100ml. A site is marked Red when it has a Poor standing, meaning the test results show enterococci counts that exceed the beach action value (BAV) of 70 cfu/100ml. These conservative advisories better inform vulnerable people (children, elderly, and the immunocompromised) who have elevated health risks due to water quality. A site is marked Grey when no current or reliable monitoring information is available.

All water quality results are posted online and are publicly available. Weekly water quality reports are also distributed via email on Fridays as soon as the data has been analyzed (sign up here to receive water quality notifications). Any additional questions about Tampa Bay Waterkeeper's Water Quality Monitoring Program or our results can be addressed to Andrew Hayslip, andy@tampabaywaterkeeper.

Tampa Bay Waterkeeper's water samples are analyzed at Benchmark EnviroAnalytics, Inc., a NELAP accredited lab. In addition, Tampa Bay Waterkeeper maintains Swim Guide sites using Florida Department of Health's (DOH) enterococcus testing data. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper will also mark beaches red if information comes from other sources indicating that the water is unsafe, for example if a county or a municipality closes a beach because of a local sewage leak.

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) adopted new water quality criteria January 2016 for the Healthy Beaches program. They reflect the most current recommendations and water quality grant requirements in the 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria from the US Environmental Protection Agency. DOH monitoring results are collected weekly on Mondays and results are posted to the Florida Healthy Beaches website on Wednesday. The Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories are: Good = 0-35 Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; Moderate = 36-70 Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water, and; Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci / 100 mL of marine water. The 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria recommends using 70 CFU per 100 mL as the Beach Action Value (BAV) to guide public health advisories. A Single Sample Maximum (SSM) at 70 CFU per 100 ml and a BAV are functionally the same. If the sample result is above the indicated value, the beach is resampled and tested the following day or a beach advisory is issued with the first test result. The Healthy Beaches program no longer uses geometric means to represent recreational water quality data.

Please note: Vibrio vulnificus bacteria, also called flesh eating disease, is a naturally occurring bacteria in some of Florida's waters. This bacteria can be lethal, especially when contracted by individuals with compromised immune systems. Concentrations of the bacteria are higher in the mouths of rivers near oceans. The bacteria is most dangerous when ingested in raw seafood but recent deaths are attributed to individuals who have waded in water with broken skin. Beach goers are urged to use caution and consult a physician if you suspect you have come in contact with the bacteria. Additionally, we are currently experiencing an unprecedented red tide event that will continue to affect your ability to recreate safely in the watershed. Check with your local Department of Health or with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for the latest information about red tide.

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