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October 11, 2019

Panama City, Fla. –The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is rescinding an advisory for St. Andrews Bay. This included the area from the Panama City Marina to Moore Circle. The City of Panama City is reporting test results show that the area is now safe to swim.

The original advisory sent Friday, October 11 was due to a release of 480 gallons of raw sewage. The release entered a storm drain that discharges into St. Andrews Bay. The release has been stopped and repairs have been made.

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 at 850-481-4806 or visit

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