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Published on February 29, 2024
Los Angeles County Issues Health Warnings at Several Beaches, Closes Inner Cabrillo Beach Due to ContaminationSource: Google Street View

Los Angeles County health officials have raised the red flag at several local beaches, advising against swimming, surfing, and playful splashing in the ocean due to high bacterial levels. Inner Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro remains closed, with the entire beach area off-limits after a sewage spill continued to pollute its waters.

Other areas under the warning include Santa Monica Canyon Creek at Will Rogers State Beach, specifically near Tower 18 where beachgoers are warned to stay 100 yards away from the creek, on both sides. The Santa Monica Pier is also facing a similar advisory, with a 100-yard no-go zone around the pier itself. Health officials dropped these warnings after ocean water quality tests showed bacterial levels exceeding safety standards, according to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

This news comes as a disappointment to many regulars at these popular spots, just when many were looking forward to hitting the waves and soaking up some sun. With some ocean water quality results still pending, post-rain, officials are playing it safe and asking residents to do the same.

Beachgoers can stay updated on beach conditions by calling the county's 24-hour beach closure hotline, at 1-800-525-5662. For those looking to get the lay of the land, and sea, before stepping into their swimsuits, a map of the impacted locations along with more details can be found on the Public Health website. Stay tuned and sunblock at the ready, but maybe just stick to the sand for now.