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Palma Sola Bay

Palma Sola Bay


located within Sarasota Bay Watershed

General Information


Palma Sola Bay is a small embayment in West Bradenton opening into Anna Maria Sound. Cortez, a community where commercial fishing has long been an important economic activity, is southwest of the Bay, and Manatee County's Robinson Preserve is to the north. Sea turtles often nest on the west side of the Bay near Anna Maria Sound, which also provides habitat for manatees, dolphins, wading birds, fish and other wildlife. Learn more about what constitutes a bay or estuary »

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Associated Names

There are no associated names for this body of water.

Bay Condition Reports

Bay Condition Reports give a quick assessment of the water quality in a bay during a particular year by examining three important indicators of nutrient pollution: chlorophyll a, nitrogen and phosphorus.

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Data Summary

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This water resource is monitored by 27 sampling locations, which have collected a total of 23,998 samples ranging from 12/12/1966 to 12/17/2014. The sites sampling this water resource are:

Datasource (click for details)Station ID
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010305
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010312
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010316
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010321
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010322
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET48040SEAS
Florida Healthy Beaches Program and Data (Bacterial Counts)MANATEE156
Florida Healthy Beaches Program and Data (Bacterial Counts)MANATEE157
IMAP Water Quality DataSAR200103
IMAP Water Quality DataSAR200104
Manatee County Environmental Management Sampling Data458
Manatee County Environmental Management Sampling Data460
Manatee County Environmental Management Sampling Data464
Manatee County Environmental Management Sampling Data589
Manatee County Environmental Management Sampling Data590
Manatee County Environmental Management Sampling Data658
Manatee County Environmental Management Sampling DataCH1
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section48SEAS040

Water Resource Characteristics

Waterbody Characteristics

Size and Volume

Surface Area 3,236 acres


Watershed Sarasota Bay Watershed
Latitude 27° 29' 00"
Longitude 82° 39' 42"
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Tributaries and Passes


    Watersheds and Drainage Basins

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    Watersheds are areas of land with waterways that flow to a common destination. The boundaries between watersheds are elevated areas called divides. In this Atlas, the watersheds are composed of groups of creeks that flow to a single bay or group of bays. Drainage basins are subunits of watersheds and are defined by the main creek that flows through them. Sarasota County has five watersheds, named after the bays or river, and 28 drainage basins, named after the creeks. Stormwater improvements to reduce flooding and improve water quality are based on the drainage basin unit. Learn more about watersheds »

    Palma Sola Bay is located within the Sarasota Bay Watershed.

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    Who to call about environmental concerns and to report environmentally harmful activities. For potentially life threatening emergencies dial 911.

    Concern or Activity Contact(s)
    Dangerous Boating / Accidents

    FWCC, Division of Boating Safety
    1-850-488-5600 (to report an accident) or
    1-888-404-3922 (to report unsafe boating)

    Algal Blooms


    Fish Kill

    FWCC, Fish Kills

    General Concerns/Complaints


    Sarasota County

    Industrial Waste/Spill


    Injured Wildlife or Illegal Activities

    FWCC, Wildlife Violations
    or via cell phone, dial *FWC or #FWC depending on service carrier

    Shoreline Alterations, Wetland Impacts


    Aquatic Plant Removal

    1-813-744-6163 or 6164

    Water Pollution, Residuals Landspreading

    1-813-632-7600 or via cell phone, dial #DEP

    Wetlands Issues/Dredge and Fill


    Source(s): University of South Florida, Florida Center for Community Design and Research

    FWCC - Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    FDEP - Florida Department of Enviromental Protection

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      Nautical Charts

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      Nautical charts show water depth, the shoreline of adjacent land, prominent topographic features, aids to navigation, and other navigational information. They are maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and have recently been made available as geo-referenced, digital images which can be now be viewed within the Advanced Mapping Tool.

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      Report Water Pollution


      Every one of us contributes pollution to our streams, lakes, bays and oceans. The wastewater, dirt, and debris of our lives eventually drains downstream. Each of us must minimize our contribution to keep our waterways healthy and enjoyable. Some materials are powerful pollutants like raw sewage, petroleum, or pesticides, but even natural, biodegradable plant materials can add nitrogen to water resources and cause algal blooms and fish kills. Please use the information below to assist you in reporting an incident to the correct agency. Learn More about Reporting Pollution »

      To Report Water Pollution:

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      Get Involved


      Sarasota County needs you to help manage and protect its natural resources! Fill out this form, and we will contact you with more information about becoming a volunteer. Learn more about volunteering »

      0 volunteers on Palma Sola Bay have submitted a water quality sample for this water resource within the last 18 months.

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