The county has brought in heavy machinery, including bulldozers, front-end loaders and dump trucks to remove mounds and mounds of seaweed that has been taking over our beaches.
The county must obtain a weekly permit from fish and wildlife officials to clean the beaches.
Experts say while it is an important resource which protects marine life, such as endangered baby sea turtles from predators, when it accumulates on the beaches, it becomes a smelly, rotting problem. That problem isn’t just for beach-goers but also the same baby sea turtles which could get trapped in the seaweed and never make it into the ocean.
Daily clean up couldn’t keep up with it and tourism boosters called it a crisis, so Miami-dade County, which controls the beach, is coming to the rescue. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has approved an emergency contract for the removal of Sargassum on beaches with the most accumulation.
“In the short term, we have an emergency plan. In the long term, we have to look at environmental causes,” said County Commissioner Daniella Cava.