Pollution and bacteria prompted Maryland health officials to warn beachgoers of health hazards about 200 times last year, among the fewest in more than a decade.
The state's 185 public beaches were open without any health advisories 98.9 percent of the time in 2016, according to the Maryland Healthy Beaches report. It was a fifth-straight year that figure exceeded 98 percent.
That matched previous high marks in 2014 and 2012. As many as 700 or 800 advisories were issued in past years, like 2006, 2007 and 2010.
No health advisories have ever been issued for Ocean City beaches since the current monitoring program...