Fort De Soto Park in St. Petersburg remains closed, locals must boil water

February 3, 2014 

ST. PETERSBURG -- Fort De Soto Park in southern Pinellas County is still closed to visitors, and residents in part of Tierra Verde still have to boil their water Monday because of a loss in pressure late Friday.

A boil water order applies to Tierra Verde residents south of Madonna Boulevard, including those along the Pinellas Bayway and off Sands Point Drive. It doesn't include Isla Del Sol to the north.

Campers have been allowed to stay in the park, but they, too, are under a mandatory boil water order.

A broken water main break late Friday night caused a loss of pressure in the system, prompting the county's action.

"Microbes, if present in the water, can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms," county officials said in a statement. "They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems. If you have specific health concerns, please consult your doctor."

The mandatory boil water notice will be in effect for a minimum of 48 hours or until microsopic analysis confirm that the water is safe to drink.

For some restaurants in the area, that's a challenge.

"You can't boil all the vegetables and the meat," said Nello Cammarota, co-owner of Tony & Nello’s Southern Italian Cuisine & Grille. "How are we going to wash the meat? We are going to have to boil it."

Utility officials say this the first time in decades water service has been out in the Fort De Soto area.

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