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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

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Additional Red Tide Information

Red tide may cause coughing, sneezing and water eyes. People with chronic respiratory problems, should avoid areas with active red tide. Seafood sold in restaurants, hotels, grocery stores are markets is safe to eat. For questions and health concerns related to red tide call the Florida Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

The members of the Environmental Public Health Division (EPH), Florida Department of Health in Bay County, seek to protect the health and safety of the citizens of Bay County by enforcing the general provisions of Florida Statute 381 and the specific guidelines of the 64E series of the Florida Administrative Code. The programs currently conducted by the EPH Division are briefly described below. A more detailed description (application, construction, plans, training, requirements, etc.) of selected programs may be gained by using the 64E hotlinks when provided in the program information. These links are in Adobe Acrobat .PDF format. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed it may be downloaded free from Adobe.

You can contact Environmental Public Health at (850) 481-4812 or via email at

Septic System Permit Information 

Click on the link below for information about the Septic System Permit application procedure.

What Fish Are Safe To Eat? 

Fish Consumption Advisories are published periodically By the State of Florida to alert consumers about the possibility of chemically contaminated fish in Florida waters.  The Advisories are meant to inform the public of potential health risks of specific fish species from specific water bodies. For more informaiton, visit the Florida Department of Health's aquatic toxins page by clicking the link.

How To Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes 

How To Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes.

The Florida Department of Health officials emphasize precautionary measures to help prevent West Nile Virus and other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses.  Florida residents need to remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquito bites by clicking on the mosquito icon andfollow the “Drain and Cover” prevention instructions.

For additional information regarding insect borne diseases, please click on this icon and review any applicable information that may be of interest to you.