Bay County Health Department Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program Results | Florida Department of Health in Bay

2022-09-03 02:31:22 By : Ms. Ana Chen

Additional information (including consent forms)

Additional information (including consent forms)

Panama City, Fla. – The advisories have been rescinded for the Bid-A-Wee Beach (SP 4) location across from Argonaut Road, Panama City Beach, the Panama City Beach Access #41 (SP 5) location at 11211 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, the Carl Gray Park (SP 9) location on Collegiate Drive in Panama City, and the Dupont Bridge (SP 11) location at 6601 Oak Shore Drive, Parker.   

There are no advisories for any of the Bay County sampling locations.

The Bay County Health Department, Bay CHD, conducts saltwater beach water quality monitoring in accordance with the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Water samples are collected twice a month between March and October. The samples are checked for enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of enteric bacteria can be an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.  Poor results are posted as an “Advisory” at the affected beaches.

Healthy Beaches advisories are issued to protect swimmers from increased risk of gastrointestinal illnesses. At a lower occurring level, there may also be increased risks of upper respiratory infections, skin rashes, and ear infections. Healthy Beach advisories are not related to Necrotizing fasciitis, a rare complication. 

Sampling is usually done on Mondays with results on Tuesday, with exception of holidays. Results are shared at, through media releases, and real-time on the Florida Healthy Beaches page at and search for “Healthy Beaches”. 

Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories are; Good = 0-35 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water, Moderate = 36-70 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water, and Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water. If levels are above 70, Bay CHD notifies the local Florida Department of Environmental Protection for further investigation.

If you have any questions, please contact the Bay County Health Department at 850-481-4806 or visit the Department of Health’s Internet Beach Water Quality website at 

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