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Sea weed status #72978
10/29/2015 01:38 PM
10/29/2015 01:38 PM
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Southport, North Carolina, US
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We are headed to SXM in early December and we were wondering how bad the beaches are with sea weed? We had heard it was bad for a while but haven't heard much about it lately. Is Orient OK?


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Re: Sea weed status [Re: candj] #72979
10/29/2015 02:42 PM
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The last I heard the seaweed was gone from Orient. That was about a week ago. I haven't heard anything since then about Orient or any of the other beaches.

Re: Sea weed status [Re: candj] #72980
10/29/2015 05:47 PM
10/29/2015 05:47 PM
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Right now seaweed (sargassum) is not bad. See some patches floating by from out vantage point overlooking Baie Lucas, east end. AZRanger said today that there was some fresh build-up at Mt Vernon orient beach, workers on it. Overall seems not too bad.
Walked up as far as Kahko today and no sargassum seen.
Gotta put in a new call on the construction - Oct 2016.

Re: Sea weed status [Re: ChunkyDunkin] #72981
10/29/2015 06:49 PM
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I was in Simpson bay and Orient beach last Friday thru Tuesday and the sea weed situation is not bad at all...I suppose a lot can change between now and DEC...but it is AOK right now

Re: Sea weed status [Re: ChunkyDunkin] #72982
10/30/2015 07:17 AM
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There was a large build-up yesterday on the north end of Orient Beach. A tractor with a landscape rake attachment is working in front of Mt Vernon as I write this. It did the middle part of the beach (Kon Tiki to Waikiki) earlier this morning. Palm Beach has been doing their own part of the beach on a regular basis but has not started yet today.
The saga continues.

I forgot to mention that there has been a crew of 5-6 men working in front of Mt Vernon the past 4 days with rakes, pitchforks, and wheelbarrows trying to keep up with the new accumulation each morning. They had it pretty well clean yesterday but it all came back last night.
The point is that significant effort is being made to address the problem and it would be much worse without all that is being done. There is no odor problem on Orient like there is at the Pinel Island ferry terminal in Cul de Sac.

Last edited by azranger; 10/30/2015 08:58 AM.
Re: Sea weed status [Re: azranger] #72983
10/30/2015 08:50 AM
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Does anyone have a report on the sargassum at Caribbean Paddling near the dock to Pinel? or on the north beach of Pinel? or at Coralita Beach?

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Re: Sea weed status [Re: azranger] #72984
10/30/2015 09:06 AM
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Palm Beach just started working on their portion of the beach.

Re: Sea weed status [Re: Shoobacca] #72985
10/30/2015 09:13 AM
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The odor in the vicinity of the dock was terrible last week. Due to the prevailing winds the island should not be getting any of it.

Re: Sea weed status [Re: candj] #72986
10/30/2015 10:10 AM
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This article paints a pretty dire picture of the overall Caribbean problem…

Re: Sea weed status [Re: Shoobacca] #72987
10/30/2015 01:06 PM
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Currently in a unit overlooking ocean and current heading into Coralita beach. Some amounts of sargassum floating in. Coralita beach has quite a bit of accumulation and sometimes mats of the stuff floating in the waves. No clean-up so it just sits there. A few sections of the beach are free but most covered.

Re: Sea weed status [Re: candj] #72988
10/30/2015 03:48 PM
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Regardless of how it is today or tomorrow, there is a good chance it will be totally different in early December and will likely change day by day.


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Re: Sea weed status [Re: GaKaye] #72989
10/30/2015 08:28 PM
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New England (home), St. Maarte...
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