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

Luis Espinoza


Olga Connor


Swimming Advisory Remains In Effect For Virginia Key Beach

A public advisory, as a precautionary measure, remains 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 continue to test the affected waters and this Swimming Advisory will remain in effect for the area mentioned above until test results are at normal levels. The discharge occurred at the Virginia Key Wastewater Treatment Plant 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 the above map at