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At a recent meeting, the board decided to meet with its partners to determine the criteria that trigger a “contingency.” According to the federal permit, when a contingency occurs, heavy equipment may be used to clean the beaches. Making use of this equipment, particularly environmentally-friendly beach rakes has proven indispensable during times of larger than normal seaweed landings.
Were not required by law to clean up organic material, like seaweed,” Park Board Executive Director Kelly de Schaun, said. “But, I represent the tourism bureau and I understand that clean beaches are vital to the success of this important industry. I also understand that seaweed is important for the environment and marine life. I look forward to the opportunity to engage our partners and come up with solutions that will be beneficial for all concerned.