St. Tammany Fishing Pier and Northshore Beach closed due to algae bloom

Exposure could cause headaches, rashes and stomach cramps

Jim Hanzo
June 25, 2019 - 1:09 pm

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St. Tammany Parish Officials have closed the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, near Slidell as well as Northshore Beach, located off Carr Drive, in the Slidell area because of the Louisiana Department of Health's algae bloom warning in Lake Pontchartrain.  

“The LDH is urging people to avoid contact with the water and the algae itself, but also advising against harvesting or eating fish from the lake during the bloom,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.  “We feel, out of an abundance of caution, it’s best to close these facilities until LDH advises that water is safe for human contact.”

St. Tammany Parish officials plan to have signs out indicating the closures, installed by the close of business today.

The Mandeville Lakefront was also closed  because of the Algae bloom.   Exposure to certain kinds of Algae blooms can cause headaches, rashes and stomach cramps. 

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