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October 22, 2019

City of Panama City testing shows the area is now safe to swim 

Panama City, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is rescinding an advisory for St. Andrews Bay. This included St. Andrews Bay from Bunkers Point (E Beach Drive and Cherry Street) to Sudduth Point (Sudduth Avenue). The City of Panama City is reporting test results show that the area is now safe to swim.

The original advisory sent Tuesday, October 22 was due to a release of 1,500 gallons of raw sewage. The release entered a storm drain that discharges into St. Andrews Bay. Clean up actions are now complete.

Sewage contamination of water can expose swimmers to intestinal viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Swimming in the water may cause symptoms like food poisoning with vomiting and diarrhea. Infection is possible in open cuts and wounds that come in contact with the water.

For more information, contact the DOH-Bay’s Environmental Health Division at 850-481-4806 or visit

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