More than 1,200 tons of fish and marine life have been cleaned up so far due to red tide this year.
That’s a fact leaders at Thursday morning’s Lee County Tourist Development Council mentioned.
We’ve seen volunteers and city workers clean up this mess since late July.
Now, Lee County leaders are planning on buying two new raking machines to clean up the beaches. It’ll help make the process quicker so the community won’t have to clean it.
Both rakes will cost $60,000. The money being spent comes from tourism tax dollars, not your local tax dollars.
“There is no local money being used for this. Our local residents are not paying for this,” Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass said. “It will keep the sand in place, we’ll use those machines to get the debris, seaweed, dead fish, trash.”
The county is working with the state to fund the beach cleaning process, but they don’t know how long it will take to get that equipment. Collier County already has a couple of the sand rakes.
Learn more about the Barber Surf Rake being used.
Additional reporting by Terrace Myles and Brittany Muller