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Siesta seaweed catching attention of county
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Siesta seaweed catching attention of county

Siesta Key, Florida -- It's been named the nation's best beach, but recently clumps of seaweed have been littering the sugar white sand there.

Sarasota county officials are aware of the situation and are monitoring the seaweed accumulations. "We are seeing some small amounts of seaweed washing up on sections of Siesta Beach, but nothing unusual," said George Tatge of Sarasota County Parks and Recreation in a county news release. "Seaweed is a natural occurrence on the beaches and usually corrects itself." 

However, if the seaweed piles persist over two tidal cycles, county staff may schedule a beach cleaning.

While some people may find the seaweed unsightly, Tatge says it can help stabilize the beach and it also provides food for area wildlife, so they like to wait and see if Mother Nature takes it back into the Gulf.

 

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