The Broome County Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services says Greenwood Park Beach is closed for now due to an algae bloom.

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The decision to close the beach during the miserable, hot, sticky weather June 9 was made as a protective measure as algae blooms can cause health issues like rash, respiratory irritation and intestinal problems in people and pets.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says ingesting contaminated water can even cause death in some cases.

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The Broome Parks Department will advise the public when the waterfront is cleared for reopening.

Meanwhile, the beaches at Nathaniel Cole Park and Dorchester Park remain open.

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