Surfers Saddled with No-Go Zones Amid Contamination Scare in San Diego

Surfers Saddled with No-Go Zones Amid Contamination Scare in San DiegoSource: Tony Webster from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Kamal Jenkins
Published on November 24, 2023

Health officials have marked several areas as off-limits due to high levels of bacteria, putting a damper on the usual surf and sun activities. Popular spots like Imperial Beach and the shores near Tijuana Slough are now no-go zones per Times of San Diego.

The issue extends from the U.S./Mexico border up through the Silver Strand Shoreline, affecting places like Tourmaline Surf Park in Pacific Beach and various locations in La Jolla. The closures, in effect since November 9, are not only a concern for public health but also disrupt marine activities. Even the famous Children's Pool in La Jolla, under advisory since 1997, remains a problem.

The Coronado Shoreline joined the closed list just before Thanksgiving weekend, from Avenida Lunar to North Beach. Officials say the bacteria levels are too high for water contact.

The health authorities are keeping a close eye on the situation, but there's uncertainty about when the advisories and closures will end. People are advised to check the status of their favorite beaches on and follow all warnings for the sake of community health and safety.