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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 last Saturday. There continues to be large amounts of dead fish washing ashore (mainly mullet, Jack, lookdowns, snapper, grouper, puffer, eels, tropical fish) along the county from the winds and high surf. The contractor anticipates being able to clean approximately 1 – 1 ½ miles per day.
Progress as of the end of day Thursday:
The contractor has cleared approximately 9.5 miles of the 22.5 miles of countywide shoreline.
The total weight removed is approximately 82,000 pounds.
Anticipated work today (Friday):
Focusing on the northern part of the county: Treasures Shores Park and Turtle Beach Park 2-3 miles north and south of the parks.
A front working through our area will change the winds to SSW 5-15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph. Winds Saturday will be out of the west at 5 to 10 mph.
Winds Sunday will turn back around from the north at 10 to 15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Hopefully, this change in winds will be enough to blow the red tide back out to sea.
Per the recommendation of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), we will be testing water samples twice weekly.
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