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Date of Issue: July 27, 2006

Palma Sola Bay waters now healthy for bathers

A health advisory issued last month by the Manatee County Health Department for waters on the south side of Palma Sola Causeway where it connects with the mainland has been rescinded.

Environmental Health Director Rob Larkin said that the latest tests for enteric bacteria now comply with recommended U.S. Environmental Protection Agency levels.

Under a federally funded program, the county monitors 10 saltwater locations on a weekly basis. When levels of fecal coliform or other bacteria exceed the accepted EPA standard for a five-week test average, a warning is issued.

Seven test locations are on Anna Maria Island, but no health advisories for those locations have been issued recently.