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Indian River County is still experiencing red tide conditions and all beaches in Indian River County will remain closed until further notice.
The County’s marine debris removal contractor initiated debris removal on Saturday 10/20/2018. The contractor anticipates being able to clean approximately 1 – 1 ½ miles per day, approximately 10-15,000 thousand pounds per day.
The contractor has cleared approximately 6.5 miles of the 22.5 miles of countywide shoreline, including south and central beach. The total weight removed is approximately 70,000 pounds. This will be a rolling operation Monday-Saturday and is expected to take approximately 20 days. Anticipated work schedule maps are attached.
Per the recommendation of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), we will be testing water samples twice weekly.
Tomorrow may bring us a change with red tide conditions as a cold front pushes through our area and the wind changes direction. Hopefully it will be enough to blow the red tide back out to sea. Tomorrow the winds will be out of the southwest (5-15 mph with 20 mph gusts) and Saturday winds will switch to the northwest (5-15 mph with 20 mph gusts). As a result, we will see slightly cooler temperatures with a Saturday night low of 57 degrees. Sunday is forecast to be sunny with a high of 80 degrees.
We would recommend that the public stay out of the water and if the odor causes any type of irritation the public should leave and head indoors. At this time we are waiting for a report from the Indian River County Health Department/ Fish and Wildlife Commission for updated information.
Click links below for more information
Red Tide Information - Indian River County
Red Tide Information - City of Vero Beach