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Key West officers accepted an offshore barrier to redirect seaweed that accumulates at South Seashore, posing a well being menace and hurting close by companies. CONTRIBUTED

Key West’s South Seashore might as soon as once more be swimmable, with out piles of seaweed, or sargassum, and the accompanying stench of its decay that poses a well being hazard and hurts the adjoining resort and restaurant.

Metropolis officers on Sept. 20 accepted the set up of a seaweed barrier designed to forestall the floating seagrass from accumulating within the basin on the south finish of South Road between the Southernmost Seashore Resort and the Southernmost Home.

“As soon as the seaweed lands on the seaside, it begins decomposing and emits hydrogen sulfide, which has an disagreeable odor, and has been linked to respiratory points, nausea and irritation of the eyes,” metropolis paperwork state. “Per the Florida Division of Well being, the tiny sea creatures that dwell in sargassum can irritate pores and skin with direct contact. Moreover, the seaweed buildup makes the shallows close to the shoreline thick with seaweed, making them unsafe and ugly to swim in.”

State and federal environmental companies have accepted the barrier. A number of staff of the Southernmost Seashore Cafe and its adjoining resort spoke in favor, citing complications, nausea and vertigo, together with tons of of adverse on-line opinions and fixed buyer complaints in regards to the ugly seaside and insupportable scent regardless of every day beach-cleaning efforts. In its lease of the city-owned seaside space and restaurant constructing, the resort pays town about 6% of gross restaurant revenues, which have dramatically declined because the seaweed worsened lately, the resort basic supervisor mentioned.

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