Red Tide Update: The Lagoon, Beaches in Sebastian, Vero Beach

Red Tide cleanup underway in Sebastian and Vero Beach, Florida.
Red Tide cleanup underway in Sebastian and Vero Beach, Florida.

SEBASTIAN, Florida – Indian River County officials tell Sebastian Daily that Red Tide conditions have caused Round Island Beach Park to be closed once again as of Monday morning.

Red Tide has caused all other beaches from the Sebastian Inlet to south Vero Beach to remain closed until further notice.

Indian River and Brevard are the worst hit counties in Florida with Red Tide at this time.

As previously reported, small amounts of Red Tide was found in the Indian River Lagoon last Wednesday. Sebastian Daily has been closely monitoring the Lagoon and has found no dead fish or sea life. All evidence of Red Tide continues to be found on the beachside of Sebastian and Vero Beach.

The Department of Health encourages all people to follow these recommendations:

  • People, especially those with respiratory issues, are encouraged to stay away from the beaches if possible for the next 2-10 days. Persons may experience throat irritation and/or coughing if directly exposed to Red Tide.
  • Higher wind or tides can spread Red Tide more quickly.
  • Dead fish are not to be eaten! Be cautious with any fish caught from the southeastern coast of Florida.
  • Do not consume shellfish of any kind caught in this area until the Red Tide passes.
  • The Indian River County Emergency Information Center will be taking your questions from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. today. They can be reached at (772) 226-4000.
  • For general information on harmful algal blooms occurring in Florida and current status reports by the state, please visit the FWC Red Tide page.

Red Tide beach cleanup is continuing at areas near the Sebastian Inlet and Vero Beach. The cleanup will continue until further notice.

“The County’s marine debris removal contractor initiated debris removal on Saturday 10/20/2018 from Tracking Station Beach Park. The contractor anticipates being able to clean approximately 3 miles of beach per day. This will be a rolling operation Monday – Saturday,” Indian River County officials said.

Sebastian Daily will be observing the beaches and the Lagoon today and bringing you another update.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.