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Some beaches open, advisory still in effect

Double red flags flying at Bathtub Beach
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Posted at 8:15 AM, Jul 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-03 18:55:00-04

STUART, Fla.- Blue green algae still putting a damper on the holiday weekend in Martin County.

This morning, lifeguards were inspecting Bathtub beach before flying yellow and purple flags. Later Sunday, lifeguards were flying double red flags, which means the water is closed to the public. 

 

No swimming signs remained at beach entrances warning people about the toxic algae. 

 

“The seaweed is mixed with the blue green algae, so i will not be getting wet today,” said Patty Knott, of Jensen Beach.

 

Paul Lango, of Port St. Lucie, said, “Definitely not going in.” He added, “I wouldn't go in unless it's 100 percent. I wouldn't want to risk my health.

 

Paul’s son Max, said, “I wouldn't [go in the water] because they said swim at your own risk,” he said. “So not really going to take the chance.”

 

Lifeguards are also flying yellow and purple flags today at Jensen, Stewart and Hobe Sound beaches.

If you're headed to the beach in Martin County, remember there's a hotline to keep you up-to-date on which beaches are open. The number is 772-320-3112.

Florida Beach Warning Flags:

Green - Low hazard, calm conditions, exercise caution

Yellow - Medium hazard, moderate surf and/or currents

Red -  High hazard, high surf and/or strong currents 

Red over Red - [i.e., two red flags]: Water closed to the public.

Purple - Dangerous marine life 

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