County responds to Venice’s concerns of dead fish on the beaches, stating basically “current conditions in the vicinity of Service Club Park do not meet the above criteria”

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County responds to Venice’s concerns of dead fish on the beaches, stating basically “current conditions in the vicinity of Service Club Park do not meet the above criteria”

 

From: Mark Cunningham
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2018 1:17 PM
To: Edward Lavallee (elavallee@venicegov.com) <elavallee@venicegov.com>
Cc: ‘Lenox E. Bramble’ <LBramble@Venicegov.com>; Jonathan Lewis <jrlewis@scgov.net>; Carolyn Brown <cnbrown@scgov.net>
Subject: FW: County Beach Cleaning Policy

Good afternoon Ed:

I hope all is well.

As I am sure you are aware, within the past few days, there have been several communications regarding beach clean-up of dead fish north of Service Club Park.  To help you understand the County’s level of service in this regard, attached is the County’s Beach Cleaning Policy which was approved by the Board of County Commissioners in May of 2013.

As you will note, the policy establishes operational procedures for the removal of dead fish, seaweed and debris that wash up on beaches as a result of tidal movement or storm events. Per the adopted policy, the removal of debris, dead fish or seaweed are subject to all of the following criteria being met:




  1. Accumulation reaches an estimated volume to fill one 5-yard truck per two-mile continuous section of beach that is accessible to motorized equipment or vehicles if two tidal cycles have not removed it naturally; and
  2. Beach to be cleaned is:
    1. Owned by the County and open to the general public; or
    2. Below the approximate mean high water line and in close proximity to a County-owned public beach or beach access; or
  1. Part of a Federal or State beach re-nourishment project and seaward of the Erosion Control Line (ECL); and
  1. Cleaning can be accomplished in compliance with all applicable Local, State and Federal regulations; and
  2. Funding is available.

County staff is monitoring all beaches daily county-wide during this red-tide event, and it is my understanding that current conditions in the vicinity of Service Club Park do not meet the above criteria.  Dead fish and other debris will be removed per the criteria outlined in the policy.

The County will remove beach debris as needed to ensure clean, safe and accessible access to our public beaches for the upcoming holiday weekend.

Please pass this information, including the attached Board adopted policy on to your elected officials.  And as always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Mark A. Cunningham, ICMA-CM, AICP, CPM

Assistant County Administrator

 

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