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Health Advisory Lifted for the Grand Canal on Siesta Key

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County has lifted a health advisory issued on July 10th, after Sarasota County Utilities had reported a spill of 36,000 gallons of untreated sewage that had entered the Grand Canal near 5200 Oakmont Place.

The advisory urged individuals not to come into contact with its water.

Water samples taken by Sarasota County Utilities indicate that bacteria levels in the Grand Canal have returned to acceptable levels. The health advisory signage will be removed.

At this time, there are no advisories in place on any Sarasota beach, or waterway.

When making beach day plans, be sure to check the latest reports on beach conditions. Click here for beach water testing results.

For more information:

  • Visit and click on "water monitoring" and then "bacterial testing" to check beach water testing results of area Gulf beaches.
  • Call 941-BEACHES (941-232-2437) or visit Click on the same link to the mobile-friendly version of the beach conditions report.
  • Visit Sarasota County also provides extensive information about Sarasota, including its beaches. The website is