I want to publicly express my appreciation to several individuals who responded so quickly and kindly to my concern when I heard of the swim advisory issued for the public access dock at Salinas Park due to a ruptured/damaged sewer line near the Marnie Island Preserve on Thursday, July 24. Since Happy Ours Kayak & Bike Outpost is within one mile of the affected area, we were quite concerned for the safety of our customers. As soon as I heard of the news release, I left messages with the Gulf County Health Department and Commissioner Warren Yeager, and finally spoke to Michelle at the TDC Welcome Center who immediately emailed a copy of the release to me. Mr. Yeager returned my call within the hour, and the very next morning, Friday, Gwen called from the Health Department and fully explained the facts of the swim advisory and agreed to test the water in the bay at Happy Ours as I requested. Kevin Pettis and Lynn Todd from The City of Port St. Joe arrived early afternoon with their test kit, and by end of day Gwen called to advise me that the test sample at Salinas Park was “good” and the advisory was lifted. Gwen even called on Saturday to assure me the test sample at our location was clean. Due to the quick response of all these individuals, I was able to allay the fears of a few customers who heard rumors that the whole bay was contaminated with sewage.
Port St. Joe