Anyone who is on the Key now is very aware of the recent red tide and the fish kill it has caused. The County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources division is working on the removal of dead fish at the public beaches throughout the County.
Property owners have the option of raking and bagging fish for regular curbside trash pickup. However, leaving bags on the street for any prolonged period may result in further problems if raccoons or other critters get into the bags. In the past, some owners have found it is easier and more practical to bury fish on the beach. If you have a lawn or garden maintenance service, they may be willing to help.
Residents who elect to bury fish should be aware that it is still turtle season. The experts on sea turtles have advised that if the fish are buried as near as possible to the high water line (close to where they are now) there should be no problem as the few nests that remain are farther up on the beach (closer to the dune). If owners have any questions about possible damage to existing nests, they can contact Zoe Bass (941-468-3816).
We urge as many residents as possible to help in the efforts to bury the fish. Persons with respiratory conditions or who have experienced symptoms when exposed to red tide should refrain from volunteering.