Miami-Dade County to immediately address seaweed “hot spots”

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Miami-Dade County to immediately address seaweed “hot spots”:

26-32 Streets and South Pointe jetty in Miami Beach included

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez is directing his team “to contract immediately to remove seaweed” from several “hot spots” where sargassum has built up around “man-made interventions that protect our beaches,” Giménez wrote in a memo today to County Commissioners. The hot spots are the Bal Harbour and Haulover jetties, the Miami Beach breakwaters from 26-32 Street, and the South Pointe jetty.
 
Miami-Dade County is responsible for cleaning 15 miles of beaches, half of which are in the City of Miami Beach. Referencing two recent City of Miami Beach Commission meetings where the issue was discussed along with a Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee meeting, Giménez wrote, “I share the concerns expressed by City of Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber" and County Commissioners Eileen Higgins and Sally Heyman along with Miami Beach Commissioners "and I am committed to developing solutions now.”
 
Regarding the seaweed removal, Giménez said, “We will use other municipal contracts and emergency authorization to do this right now. I intend to bring you the agreements and the budget authorization retroactively in September so that we can get to work without delay.”
 
Giménez is asking Florida Governor Ron DeSantis “to intervene today and to authorize an extended permit through the end of October, specifically to remove seaweed from these hot spots.” Currently, the County has to apply for beach cleaning permits every two weeks but is seeking “a long-term permit for immediate work to get this crisis under control. Pulling State permits every two weeks simply does not recognize the ‘new normal.’ Keeping our beaches clean from sargassum is a month-to-month, continuous process," Giménez wrote
 
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