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After July 4 swimming advisory, most of Biscayne Bay is now clean

Parts of Biscayne Bay remain unsafe for swimming, but the water meets health standards in most of the bay.
Parts of Biscayne Bay remain unsafe for swimming, but the water meets health standards in most of the bay.

After an overflow of wastewater kept swimmers away from Biscayne Bay since Monday, authorities now say most of the beaches are safe to swim in.

With two consecutive days of good water testing results on beaches along the Rickenbacker Causeway, authorities lifted the advisory Thursday for those beaches — including Hobie Beach, Marine Stadium and MAST Academy.

Officials issued the advisory Monday after waste from a waste water line leaked into an old underwater city of Miami storm drainage pipe near the American Airlines Arena.

The advisory remains in place in the areas around Jungle Island. Visitors are warned to stay away from swimming there, and signs have been posted.

Divers will continue to take samples from the water and test it until it is clear.

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