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DOH-Pinellas issues blue-green algae bloom alert for Maximo Park

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The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) has issued a health alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins at Maximo Park located at Sunshine Skyway Lane and Pinellas Point Dr. South in St. Petersburg. This is in response to a water sample taken on June 30. The public should exercise caution in and around the water at Maximo Park. Warning signs will be posted around the park to alert visitors.

Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Do not drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom.
  • Wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with algae or discolored or smelly water.
  • Keep pets away from the area. Waters where there are algae blooms are not safe for animals. Pets should have a different source of water when algae blooms are present.
  • Do not cook or clean dishes with water contaminated by algae blooms. Boiling the water will not eliminate the toxins.
  • Eating fillets from healthy fish caught in waters experiencing blooms of this type is safe. Rinse fish fillets with tap or bottled water, throw out the guts and cook fish well.
  • Do not eat shellfish in waters with algae blooms.
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