to connectVideoSlimy, smelly seaweed invades the South beaches of Florida
Now, the officials have to be worried about their tourism dollars,
MIAMI BEACH-the Ayers family, it must have been a picture-perfect day at the beach. But then she smelled it, she saw the mountains of sea grass.
“We came to Naples yesterday, and we were shocked when we walked on the beach. We didn’t have a clue, and it’s just full of weeds!” he said, as Well as Ayers, a mother-of-two is on holiday.
Beds of smelly, rotting seaweed are washing up on the shores of South Florida in record amounts. The beauty of the sand, the brown carpet, turning and twisting your ankles on the beach, for visitors, and a lot of people in the bay area.
“This is a terrible thing, but this is the nature of it,” said beach visitor Lubel Ivanov, a tourist from the future.”
Is the latest seaweed invasion, it is alarming to local government officials, who are concerned that they could affect the lucrative tourist industry, which is largely dependent on the sunny, pristine beaches.
Beds of smelly, rotting seaweed are washing up on the shores in record amounts. The beauty of the sand, the brown carpet, turning and twisting your ankles on the beach, and visitors.
As for the algae, it is not necessary to be toxic to humans, it turns out to be a huge burden on the 16 million tourists who visit each year — and spend nearly $30 billion in the process. And tourism officials are wondering: Will the tourists still come, as they will not be able to visit all the beaches.
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“Well, it’s been a challenge, and we’re going to have to deal with it,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said. “We have been to south Beach, so it is very important to our residents and visitors who we are, and we’re going to.”
Miami-Dade County officials may now have to pay millions of dollars annually in beach cleanup costs, in order to try and save the tourism industry in the world. In June, county officials gave a presentation estimating that the removal of the seaweed would probably cost $35 to $45 million per year.
Since the end of last week, cleanup crews in South Florida have been targeting areas of the beach, with the largest build-up of sargassum seaweed. They were using dump trucks and bulldozers to scoop it all up and pull it out of the sand. According to the Miami-Dade County officials, and the crews get up early in the morning and finish by about 10:30 a.m. in front of the beach, visitors will come.
At that time, the South Beach and looks like a construction zone, with bulldozers in the vicinity of the coast, to carry out their work in addition to the tourists, and the locals are getting into the water. The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, said it will remove the algae and transport it to a dump site.
The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, said that the removal of the algae and transport it to a dump site.
The seaweed was also found to be a waste and trap, for the collection of garbage, flies, and whatever else has washed up.
The scientists say that this is a problem that has been ongoing since 2011, and they say, ” we’re at the peak of the problem. Outside of Florida, the decaying plant debris of the beaches in the other three states: Texas, Louisiana, and South Carolina, along with other countries such as Mexico and Jamaica.
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The marine scientists said that the seaweed is not harmful, but it can be very annoying.
“This is not a toxic blue green algae, however, when there are large amounts of it, it does smell bad … it just looks like some kind of leftover food that has too much soy sauce on it. A large rotting piles can emit a gas called hydrogen sulphide, which can be irritating and slightly toxic to humans,” said James Douglass, a marine scientist with the Florida Gulf Coast University.
A view of the city, visitors are able to see how the seaweed is choking the river’s banks. Scientists put the blame on things such as pollution, rising ocean temperatures, or amazon, such as deforestation, increased agriculture and the use of fertilizers.
The scientists say that this is a problem that has been ongoing since 2011, and they say, ” we’re at the peak of the problem.
“We have a lot of the nutrients that are along the niagara River, resulting in deforestation, and that is the source of the sargassum seaweed bloom, and it’s coming out around the Caribbean. It is the gulf stream that brought them here, and the wind is blowing to the shore, and now we have this mess,” said Steve leatherman, a Florida International University professor of environmental studies, who calls himself ‘ Dr Again.”
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He said: “it is not only a nuisance, it is also harming wild animals.
“The turtles are, for example, it is so thick, you know, it’s six metres deep under the water, they are not able to find a way out of here, they’re going to drown,” he said. “The marine life and the fish would die, because it does not absorb the oxygen as it rots. There is no oxygen and the fish die.”
Tourists can’t help but notice the massive amounts of seaweed in the water. That person was throwing it around and making photos of the slime algae.
The researchers say that the seaweed may be here to stay.
“In the future, we are going to have a lot more of sargassum, such as we have never had it before. We always have a few on the beach … but now, with the massive amount of guys are bringing in the heavy equipment here, or else put booms out there’s something to intercept it before it is here,” leatherman said.
The one thing that most people can agree on: the residents and the city of Miami Beach and hope to have a nice and clean again, and again, as soon as possible.