News 12 Staff Aug 16, 2021, 4:06pmUpdated on: Aug 16, 2021, 5:43pm
UPDATE: 4:04 p.m. Swimming is now permitted at Smith Point. Earlier coverage below: Swimming was temporarily off limits at Smith Point Beach Monday after multiple sharks were spotted near the shore, but swimming has since resumed. This most recent sighting follows an incident at Jones Beach Monday morning and other incidents last week at Point Lookout and Lido Beach West in Nassau County. Earlier in the day, Nassau County officials unveiled a new way to warn for sharks at Nassau beaches. The flag system warns swimmers of potential dangers in the water. The purple flag with a white shark will be flown for 24 hours at Nickerson Beach if a shark is spotted near Point Lookout or Lido Beach. Swimming will then be restricted for at least an hour.
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