Vibrio vulnificus

Citizens calling for end to Santa Rosa Sound effluent discharge

Citizens calling for end to Santa Rosa Sound effluent discharge

Citizens are calling for an end to permitted discharge of Navarre Beach’s treated wastewater into Santa Rosa Sound within the next five years, and they have successfully petitioned the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to hold a public meeting on the matter later this month. The March 26 meeting is part of Santa Rosa […]

Will a pass improve water quality?

Will a pass improve water quality?

  Editor’s Note: This is part four of four in a series taking a look at the possibility of a Santa Rosa Sound pass, a historical view, the challenges and legislation. Santa Rosa Sound is impaired, and it has been for years. Through the dumping of effluent from the Navarre Beach Wastewater Treatment Facility, runoff of […]

County commits BP dollars to clean up Santa Rosa Sound

County commits BP dollars to clean up Santa Rosa Sound

The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners voted Thursday, Aug. 25, to allocate the county’s portion of Pot 3 of the RESTORE funds toward five projects to improve the water quality of Santa Rosa Sound. Applications for the county’s $12.3 million portion of the fund must be approved by the RESTORE Council, the Department […]

Vibrio-related death confirmed in Escambia County

Vibrio-related death confirmed in Escambia County

One person has died in Escambia County from Vibrio vulnificus, a naturally occurring bacteria that thrives in warm, brackish seawater. According to Tiffany Cowie, communications director with the state Department of Health, the details of exposure are unknown at this time. The department would not release any additional information, including the age of the person […]

Experts: Deadly bacteria thrives in Sound

Experts: Deadly bacteria thrives in Sound

Health officials say the Santa Rosa Sound is a suitable environment for vibrio vulnificus, a bacteria which thrives in warm, brackish seawater and can lead to death, especially if it invades the bloodstream. But some officials say the Sound doesn’t present a bigger risk for vibrio cases than the Gulf of Mexico, despite not having […]

Update: Fisherman recovering from Vibrio infection

Update: Fisherman recovering from Vibrio infection

The Florida Department of Health reported Aug. 1 a confirmed case of Vibrio vulnificus in Escambia County. It is the first confirmed case in Northwest Florida this year of the bacteria that occurs naturally in warm coastal waters. A Gulf Breeze man died from the bacteria after fishing in the Santa Rosa Sound last fall. Thirteen cases […]