SMATHERS BEACH REPORT
“But…..does Smather’s beach STINK….and is there SEAWEED everywhere?”
A GREAT question! And the answer is……NO! It’s GONE!!!
Earlier this summer, for a short time, the entire East coast and South Coasts of Florida seem to collect Sargassum seaweed on their beaches. We got clobbered by “the perfect storm” so to speak, a very unnatural occurrence.
* Smathers Beach, along with every beach on the East Coast of Florida was hit with a seemingly endless barrage of Sargassum that flowed down from off of the Carolinas…and right up against our beaches!
* The winds were constantly hard out of the South for much longer than normal.…forcing and keeping the heavy seaweed up against our beaches. Another unusual event.
* The city of Key West, at the same exact time….was also in the midst of changing the beach cleaning contractors who are responsible for raking the beaches every morning and hauling the dead seaweed away. (Unfortunately, when the “old” company found out that their contract wasn’t being renewed they sort of “slacked off”…..(A LOT.) This didn’t help to keep the beach clean.
* We got a brand new City Manager too! The new City Manager hadn’t started with the City yet…..so there was kind of a “lapse” of responsibilities when it came to our beaches at the very same time!
But now….. We’ve got a new City Manager, We have a new beach cleaning company who has contracts with hundreds of Florida beaches and specialize in clearing out Sargassum seaweed who are doing a FANTASTIC job, and who brought BRAND NEW HEAVY DUTY BEACH RAKING TRACTORS with them, and the SEAWEED IS ALL GONE!!!! GONE, GONE, GONE!!!!! Our beaches…..are BEAUTIFUL again!!!!
SO…. take a look at the photos we took on November 3 and come on down!