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April 21, 2021


Panama City, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is lifting the advisory for a portion of St. Andrews Bay from W 14th Street south to Chestnut Avenue. 


The advisory was issued on April 9, 2021 following a release of approximately 28,800 gallons of raw sewage. This was due to a force main line failure at 3003 W13th Street in Panama City. The release entered a storm drain which empties into St Andrews Bay.


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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