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Posted on: May 29, 2019

Town increasing seaweed clean-up

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Seaweed deposits are largely a product of ocean temperature, winds and ocean currents. The Town has daily beach cleaning operations in place to ensure a safe, clean and enjoyable beach environment for residents, visitors and marine life. Some amount of seaweed washes ashore every day. The amount of seaweed currently coming ashore ranges from light to heavy. At the moment, we are seeing an unusually large amount of seaweed washing up on our beaches. To address this, the Town will soon expand its beach raking efforts to seven days per week.

Seaweed Q&A  
Sargassum is a genus of brown macro-algae that appear throughout the temperate and tropical oceans of the world. South Florida is seeing an increase in seaweed all along Broward's 24-mile coastline.   

Is Sargassum seaweed harmful to humans?
No. Seaweed is not harmful to people, and all beaches in Broward County remain open.

 What are coastal municipalities doing about seaweed?  
All measures are being taken to provide a clean and enjoyable beach environment for residents, visitors and marine life. Broward's coastal cities have daily beach cleaning operations in place.


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