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Florida Department of Health in Bay County Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program

By Heather Kretzer

July 26, 2016

Health advisories issued for three locations, two advisories rescinded 

July 26, 2016

Florida Department of Health in Bay County Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program
Health advisories issued for three locations, two advisories rescinded

Contact:
Heather Kretzer
850-872-4455, ext. 1344
heather.kretzer@flhealth.gov

Panama City, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Bay County conducts saltwater beach water quality monitoring in accordance with the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Water samples are collected twice a month between March and October. The samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, and may cause human disease, infections or rashes.  The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.  Poor results are posted as an “Advisory” at the affected beaches and those beaches are re-sampled the following week.

Advisories have been issued for the Panama City Beach City Pier (SP 3), Rick Seltzer Park (SP 6), and the Beach Drive (SP 10) locations.

The advisories for Beckrich Road (SP 5) and Carl Gray Park (SP 9) have been rescinded.

If you have any questions, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Bay County at 872-4455 ext. 1268, or visit the Department of Health’s Internet Beach Water Quality website (http://www.floridahealth.gov/healthy-environments/beach-water-quality/index.html).

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