Sound Shore public beaches re-opened

(07/19/03) NEW ROCHELLE - On Saturday, most of the "no swimming" signs were lifted at beaches across Westchester. Earlier this summer, high bacteria levels forced the county health department to shut several beaches in Mamaroneck and in New Rochelle.

Hudson Park beaches in New Rochelle reopened to the public Saturday, after being shut down the past week. Four beaches in Mamaroneck, also closed by pollution, were deemed okay on Friday. Now, all of the Sound Shore public beaches are back in business.

Pollution is a problem in the waters of Westchester County more than other areas because of the shape of the county's beaches. Health officials said the coves in Westchester are more protected, and they do not get flushed out like some neighboring shores.

There is one private beach that remains closed this weekend. Health officials said high bacteria counts at the private Shore Acres Point Club in Mamaroneck forced them to deem that beach "off limits."

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