Bay Shore’s Benjamin Beach has been temporarily closed to bathing due to higher than acceptable bacteria levels, according to the county health department.

Tanner Park Beach in Babylon and Lake Ronkonkoma in Islip Town also remain closed as of Monday.

Bathing in bacteria-contaminated water can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat, says health commissioner Dr. James Tomarken, b

Beaches will reopen when further testing reveals that the bacteria have subsided to acceptable levels, reads an announcement issued Monday afternoon. 

For the latest information on affected beaches, call the Bathing Beach HOTLINE at 852-5822 or contact the Department’s Office of Ecology at 852-5760 during normal business hours. Or click here.