Parts of Apalachicola Bay Have Been Reopened

There is good news from Franklin County people who make their living on Apalchicola Bay.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson reopened two sections of the bay Wednesday to oyster harvesting.

The state had closed the bay 10 days ago following Hurricane Dennis.

The storm caused pollution runoff into Apalachicola Bay which contaminated the water and made the oysters unsafe to eat, but test results late Wednesday showed the oysters in two of the five approved summer areas are now safe to harvest and eat.

The two sections being reopened in the bay are on the north and south sides of the John Gorrie Memorial Bridge on US Highway 98 in Apalachicola.

Bronson told Newschannel Seven he’ll reopen the other three areas of the bay as soon as testing shows the oysters in those beds are safe.