The City is required to have a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to perform “beach cleaning” or the management of sargassum in our wrack line. With this permit, we are only allowed to run our beach tractor 10 feet seaward from the dunes and up to the median high water line (high tide line/wrack line).
For public safety reasons and due to beach crowding we run the tractor in the morning. During sea turtle season we have to wait until the daily Sea Turtle Survey has been completed by the Broward Sea Turtle Conservation Program before we can run the tractor.
Because of all of these reasons, the beach is likely to have sargassum on the beach from the high tide line seaward after the tide comes in following the morning tractor run. We are not allowed within our permit to clean this section of the beach and for good reason, the sargassum “wrack line” is an important source of food for many animals we share the beach with including sand pipers, crabs, and the endangered piping plover which may use our beach for feeding.
Our beach cleaning permit conditions do not change during these heavy strandings and we remain diligent to do our morning tractor runs with the exception of when our permit-approved machinery is malfunctioning.