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Date of Issue: September 23, 2009

Health warning for Palma Sola waters

The Manatee County Environmental Health Services department on Sept. 17 issued an advisory for the waters on both the south and north sides of the Palma Sola Causeway near the mainland.

The advisory said marine water bacterial indicators show that contact with the water in either area may pose “an increased risk of infectious disease, particularly for susceptible individuals.”

Director Tom Larkin said it is “not uncommon” for bacteria levels to increase after heavy rainfall due to stormwater runoff.

Water quality criteria is based upon standards set by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Larkin said.

The water in the affected areas was to be tested again on Sept. 21.