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<p>Sanibel, Florida August 6,2018 Contact: Sanibel City Manager's Office 239-472-3700 STATUS REPORT #8 City of Sanibel Fish Kill Clean-up IN A NUTSHELL The City continues the collection and removal that began on Saturday, July 28th. First break of day reports indicate dead sea life deposits are heavier on the Bayside today. This is more challenging due to limited access to some of the Bayside areas where dead sea life accumulated. We are deploying both boats for water borne as well hand crews to these Bayside areas. Though volume is slightly less then yesterday on the gulf-side at this time we are at high tide. The greatest deposit occurs at low tide. The heaviest accumulation on Gulf-side is at Lighthouse Beach. Today the city is working two shifts of beach clean-up crews per day in an effort to catch deposits after the second tide of the day. Yesterday, the City removed one large carcass from our shores (one Goliath Grouper) and thousands of smaller dead sea life from the impacted areas of the beaches. Today, the City has 6 flats boats in the canals and on the Bay today collecting, removing &amp; transporting dead sea life from the canals. We currently have three basic operations underway to remove dead sea life from the Island under the direction of the City of Sanibel Department of Public Works: 1. Beach Clean-up 2. Canal Clean-up and waterside removal; and 3. "Rapid Response Team" primarily addressing large carcasses In addition to two shifts of contractual labor today at this time the City has the following contractual equipment augmenting our rolling &amp; marine fleet: • 13 UTV's • 6 boats for canal cleaning • 1 10 cy dump trailer • 3 loaders • 3 tractor/trailer combos The City of Sanibel Boat Ramp is the staging area for the Canal and water-borne clean-up operations. Currently all dead sea life is being either loaded into dumpsters at the beach for transport off-Island or transported back to the Public Works yard for disposal or hauling off-Island by Advanced Disposal. Advanced Disposal deployed additional dumpsters to Public Works for debris disposal. At this time, public access to the Boat Ramp is permitted. Large carcasses inventory for Sunday, August 5th, 2018, (one day totals; NOT cumulative): Grouper 1 @ 125 lbs Tarpon None reported First light of day report by City of Sanibel Public Works staff: • Lighthouse Beach o Current Conditions: Poor o Red Tide: Present o Odor: Very Strong o Deposits: Approximately 20 to 50 dead sea life every 10 feet • Sanibel Boat Ramp o Current Conditions: Poor to Fair o Red Tide: Present o Odor: Yes o Deposits: 50 dead fish very 10 feet • Algiers Beach (Gulfside City Park) o Current Conditions: Very Poor o Red Tide: Present o Odor: Strong Odor Present o Deposits: Approximately 30 dead sea life every 10 feet • Tarpon Bay Beach o Current Conditions: Fair o Red Tide: Moderate presence o Odor: Present o Deposits: Approximately 5 dead sea life every 10 feet • Bowman's Beach o Current Conditions: Fair o Red Tide: Heavy presence o Odor: Present o Deposits: Approximately 2 dead fish every 10 feet • Blind Pass o Current Conditions: Fair o Red Tide: Slight to Moderate presence o Odor: Slight o Deposits: Approximately 5 dead sea life every 10 feet • Turner Beach Park o Current Conditions: Good o Red Tide: Not present o Odor: None o Deposits: Zero deposits of dead fish present Based on tides, winds and currents, these conditions may alter quickly and significantly. If you encounter any dead sea life washed ashore on private property that is too large to be removed by hand, please email address and location information to:, and attach a photo if possible. Catfish Caution: A large portion of the dead fish on the beach are catfish. The pectoral (side) fins and dorsal (top) fin contain sharp, venomous spines; extreme care should be used when handling this fish. Beachgoers should also avoid stepping on dead catfish as some sharp barbs can even penetrate the sole of a shoe. Thank you for your support of our Island Community during this challenging time. Judie Zimomra Judie Zimomra Sanibel City Manager Click here for City's Call for Action Click here for City of Sanibel 2018 Water Priorities NOAA Gulf of Mexico Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin You may notice that the privacy policy of Constant Contact, a private entity, notes that email addresses will not be released. The City of Sanibel is a public entity and must comply with Florida statutes. Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.</p>



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