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For Immediate Release:
November 03, 2011
Media Contact:
Jennifer L. Messemer

Luis Espinoza


Olga Connor


A swimming advisory is in effect for Virginia Key Beach

As a precautionary measure, a public advisory is in effect to avoid contact with water including swimming and recreational activities in the waters along the shoreline of Virginia Key Beach, due to a discharge of treated wastewater that impacted the Bay.

Residents are advised to avoid contact with surface waters in the area of this advisory.  The Miami-Dade County Permitting, Environment and Regulatory Affairs Department (PERA)  and the Miami-Dade County Health Department are testing the affected waters and this Swimming Advisory will remain in effect for the area mentioned above until test results are at normal levels. The advisory is required due to a discharge of treated wastewater at the Virginia Key Wastewater Treatment Plant which impacted water of the Bay.  The discharge occurred during a temporary power interruption, which disabled controlling pumps, and resulted in the discharge of the treated wastewater.

Power was restored and the plant is back to normal operation.  Residents can view the latest information and a copy of this map at