How much seaweed has been taken away in the last month?
Seaweed season showed up a little earlier this year than last year. In the months of April, May, and June, the Village has had 1,320, 800 and 640 cubic yards (respectively) of sargassum hauled off our beach. That is beyond what is deep buried into the sand and is equivalent to 138 dump trucks.
What is the expectation is for July 4th weekend?
Village staff is currently monitoring wind conditions. The forecast thus far appears to be shifting to a moderate southeasterly breeze this week and into the holiday weekend. This will likely result in moderate, seasonal levels of seaweed accumulation.
What are we doing?
Throughout the summer and especially over the holiday weekend, Beach Raker is actively clearing seaweed off the beach to the best of their ability.
In the long term, the Village is still engaging with Miami-Dade County to see if we can establish a location for seaweed composting similar to what is being done successfully by the City of Ft. Lauderdale.