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Beach Closures

September 08, 2000|JENIFER RAGLAND

Excessive bacteria in the water at two Ventura County beaches means that "no swimming" signs will stay in place for the foreseeable future.

Hobie Beach and Channel Islands Harbor Beach Park in Oxnard remain closed. Water pollution has been a problem at those beaches since last year. Officials at the county's Environmental Health Division are continuing their attempt to identify and eliminate the bacteria contamination.

Channel Islands Harbor Beach Park, also known as "Kiddie Beach," was named the most polluted beach in Southern California in Heal the Bay's 10th annual report card.

Swimmers should keep at least 50 yards from each side of the closure signs to avoid bacteria, health division officials warn.

Weekly beach testing occurs at 53 sites in Ventura County, and results can be obtained by calling the county's ocean water-quality hotline at 662-6555 or visiting the division's Web site at http://www.ventura.org/env_hlth/ocean.htm.

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