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Date of Issue: September 01, 2010

County issues advisory on north Bayfront Park waters

Manatee County Health Department officials on Aug. 27 issued a water quality advisory warning for the waters at the north portion of Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.

The advisory was issued after tests revealed the level of bacteria in the water is above the minimum level set by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A press release from the department said that water contact may pose an increased risk of infectious disease, particularly for susceptible individuals.

The waters were to be tested again on Aug. 24.

Manatee County environmental manager Tom Larkin said in the release that the advisory would remain in effect until marine water bacterial indicators are within guidelines.

Health advisories for the waters on the south side of the Palma Sola Causeway near the mainland and the north end of Coquina Beach remain in effect.

Larkin said the health department has been conducting coastal beach water quality monitoring weekly since August 2002 through the federally funded Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program.