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November 04, 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 the Panama City Marina to Moore Circle.

The original advisory sent Thursday, October 31 was due to a blockage in a force main at 30 W Government Street in Panama City. The release entered St. Andrews Bay. The release is stopped, equipment repairs are done, and clean up actions are 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 at 850-481-4806 or visit

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