BRADENTON -- Nearly a week after city officials closed the Palma Sola Bay along the causeway after a sewer line broke and contaminated waters there, city officials were ready to remove all warning signs.
"The laboratory results are in and indicate that the samples have all passed," Ken Stephen, utilities section manager for the Bradenton Public Works and Utility Department, wrote in an e-mail late Thursday afternoon. "We are now able to remove all warning signs along the causeway."
Palma Sola Bay was closed by city officials last Friday after a sewer line broke and spilled on the south side of the bay.
Signs around the bay warned visitors not to fish, swim, wade or do any water-related activities.
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Stephen said the 30-year-old sewer line had a 5-inch crack that broke Friday. The break was on the south side of the causeway between the boat ramp and the bridge.
After such spills, Stephen said it is policy to test the surface water.
They found a high amount of bacteria in the Palma Sola Bay following Friday's spill, so they closed it. Stephen said the city was monitoring water quality every day.