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Saltwater advisory lifted at five Pinellas beaches

PINELLAS — A saltwater advisory issued at five beaches earlier this week has been lifted, the health department said.

Officials re-sampled the water and found "moderate to good readings," Pinellas County Health Department spokeswoman Maggie Hall said.

The five locations are Honeymoon Island in Dunedin, Sand Key Park in Clearwater, Indian Rocks Beach along Gulf Boulevard, Madeira Beach in Archibald Park and Redington Shores near 182nd Avenue W.

Earlier officials had found high levels of bacteria from fecal matter in the water that was washed from the land into the gulf by Debby's downpours.

The next sampling wasn't scheduled for more than another week. But after word got out of the advisory, Hall said she and the county's environmental health department received dozens of calls from concerned residents, local businesses, and out-of-state vacationers.

"Once we announced those results, there was just a tremendous amount of interest and concern," she said. "We did it as a special thing just to reassure the community and to give them the most up-to-date information."

Another sampling is scheduled for July 30.

Saltwater advisory lifted at five Pinellas beaches 07/20/12 [Last modified: Friday, July 20, 2012 4:00pm]
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