High bacteria levels close Mass. beaches

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June 14, 2012, 9:53 pm

(NECN: Julie Loncich, Duxbury, Mass.) - Who doesn't love the beach now that summer is unofficially but finally here?

Unfortunately, if you're in one of eight Massachusetts communities, your beach might be impacted, and it's no swimming for you. At least for the next few days, as 17 marine beaches are off limits.

Public health officials say in many cases, the closures are preemptive.

At some beaches, like Delano Beach in Quincy, Mass., bacteria levels are reportedly 60 times over the limit. And at Duxbury's small residents beach, it's the first closure in nine years.

Health officials urge beachgoers to steer clear of the water until they give the all clear.

Residents say they'll heed the warnings, but hope all this gunk washes away with the tide soon.

The 17 beaches are located in Beverly, Boston, Danvers, Duxbury, Falmouth, Provincetown, Quincy, Swampscott and Martha's Vineyard.

Tags: Safety, Swimming, bacteria, beaches, Julie Loncich
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