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Vero Beach Lifeguard Association Monthly Beach Report March 2018

Vero Beach Lifeguard Association

Monthly Beach Report

Jaycee Park  /  Humiston Park  /  South Beach Park 

March 2018

Our Mission:

To promote lifeguarding and water safety in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities
Email: VeroBeachLA@Yahoo.com
Website: www.VBLA.org

STATISTICS

Total Park Attendance 95,100

Preventative Actions 1132

Minor Medicals 7

Major Medicals 4

Rescues 10

Average Water Temperature 74

Beach Erosion Fluctuating

Stinging Marine Life Minimal

General Conditions

March attendance records were broken with over 95,000 people enjoying our beaches within and immediately outside our guarded beach areas. The previous March attendance record was set in March 2015 with 90,000 beach patrons. Strong rip currents formed causing lifeguards to perform 10 water rescues bringing the total number of people saved to 16 in 2018. The ocean temperature is slowly rising to the mid 70’s. Far less Atlantic Portuguese Man of War were spotted drastically cutting the number of stings from last month. Beach erosion was minimal. Turtle nesting season has started (March 1 – October 31) Northern Gannet (seabirds) have been spotted on our shores. Northern Gannets are very large with white feathers, black primaries and long pointed wings. The juveniles are gray. Gannets dive for fish and squid, soar to great heights and are found along the Atlantic coast of North America. Often seen from shore, they also may be found far from shore in the open ocean. Gannets breed on the coasts of extreme north eastern Canada and winter from Maine to just south of the Texas-Mexico border along Atlantic and Gulf coasts. More than a few gray juveniles have been found dead or “injured” on our shores. Do not approach an injured or sick bird. Notify a lifeguard or police. All swimmers are advised to pay close attention to beach condition signs and flags, swim near lifeguard towers and avoid swimming during non-guarded hours. 

Areas of Progress

With tens of thousands of people enjoying our beaches, many patrons have been paying attention to beach condition signs, asking lifeguards about the water and staying safe.
Vero Beach Police Animal Control have been stepping up enforcement of unauthorized dogs on the beach.

Areas of Concern

As beach attendance grows, more and more people are outside the guarded areas increasing the likelihood of accidents and drownings. Dog owners continue to bring dogs on the beach violating City ordinances. The blue recycle bins and some waste receptacles have not been placed back on the beach since Hurricane Irma.

Key

Park Attendance: includes areas immediately north and south of each park
Preventative Actions: stopping potential incidents before they occur
Minor Medicals: a medical incident which is treated on-site by lifeguard/EMT
personnel
Major Medicals: a medical incident that required Emergency Medical Services

About VBLA

This report is furnished by the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association, a non-profit, 501C3 organization. Its mission is to promote water safety and lifeguarding in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities. Contact us at VeroBeachLA@Yahoo.com or (908)797-8725. Visit us at www.VBLA.org. Donations are appreciated. Monies raised are used to purchase equipment,
supplies, staffing and training for the lifeguards from the city of Vero Beach.
Please send donations to: VBLA, 1351 White Heron Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32963.

Vero Beach Lifeguard Association Monthly Beach Report January 2018

Our Mission:

To promote lifeguarding and water safety in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities

Email: VeroBeachLA@Yahoo.com

Website: www.VBLA.org

 

STATISTICS

 

Total Park Attendance 40,430

Preventative Actions 735

Minor Medicals 8

Major Medicals 0

Rescues 0

Average Water Temperature 70

Beach Erosion Fluctuating

Stinging Marine Life Moderate

 

General Conditions

 

Colder temperatures and windy conditions kept most people off the beach for much of January. There were no reported rip current rescues or major medical emergencies in or outside the lifeguarded parks. Water temperatures are slowly rising into the low 70’s. “Shore break” occurs when waves crash on the shoreline in a few inches of water and a “drop off” is formed when the water depth quickly increases after entering the water. These two conditions are common at our beach. Swimmers should be aware of these potential hazards before entering the water. All swimmers are advised to pay close attention to beach condition signs and flags, swim near lifeguard towers and avoid swimming during non- guarded hours.

 

Areas of Progress

 

The City of Vero Beach is restoring the protective dune at Conn and JC beaches. The Humiston protective dune is scheduled to be restored as well. All dune restoration is scheduled to be completed by March 1 st, the start of turtle nesting season.

 

Areas of Concern

 

With a heavy shore break along our beaches, some swimmers turn their backs on the large, crashing waves. Serious injury can result using this technique. VBLA recommends swimmers avoid the water during heavy shore break but if you must enter the water, dive or duck under the breaking waves, arms first to avoid head, neck or back trauma. As beach attendance grows, more and more people are outside the guarded areas posing a challenge for lifeguards. Dog owners continue to bring dogs on the beach violating City ordinances. The blue recycle bins have not been placed back on the beach since Hurricane Irma. 

 

Key

 

Park Attendance: includes areas immediately north and south of each park

Preventative Actions: stopping potential incidents before they occur

Minor Medicals: a medical incident which is treated on-site by lifeguard/EMT

personnel

Major Medicals: a medical incident that required Emergency Medical Services

 

About VBLA

 

This report is furnished by the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association, a non-profit, 501C3 organization. Its mission is to promote water safety and lifeguarding in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities.

Contact us at VeroBeachLA@Yahoo.com or (908)797-8725. Visit us at www.VBLA.org. Donations are appreciated. Monies raised are used to purchase equipment, supplies, staffing and training for the lifeguards from the city of Vero Beach. Please send donations to: VBLA, 1351 White Heron Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32963.

Vero Beach Lifeguard Association Monthly Beach Report – December 2017

Jaycee Park / Humiston Park / South Beach Park

Our Mission:

To promote lifeguarding and water safety in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities

Email:  VeroBeachLA@Yahoo.com  

Website:  www.VBLA.org

STATISTICS

Total Park Attendance 67,862

Preventative Actions 988

Minor Medicals 13

Major Medicals 0

Rescues 1

Average Water Temperature 70

Beach Erosion Fluctuating

Stinging Marine Life Low

General Conditions

Powerful tides and storms have shifted sand and seaweed on and off the beach during the month of December.  Water temperatures have dropped to the upper 60’s to low 70’s.  Royal Terns and other “snowbirds” have arrived.    Attendance was strong during the end of December with attendance reaching over 67,000 patrons in and around the three guarded beaches of Vero.  Lifeguards rescued a father and son stuck in a rip current at Jaycee Park bringing the total number of water rescues to 19 in 2017.  All swimmers are advised to pay close attention to beach condition signs and flags, swim near lifeguard towers and avoid swimming during non-guarded hours.

Areas of Progress

The City of Vero Beach is repairing and replacing beach structures and equipment damaged by Irma and many citizens and organizations have taken it upon themselves to conduct additional beach clean ups.          

Areas of Concern

As beach attendance grows, more and more people are outside the guarded areas posing a challenge for lifeguards. There have been numerous complaints about the beach grooming efforts performed by the subcontractor hired by the City of Vero Beach.  City officials are working with the subcontractor to improve the effort.  The blue recycle bins have not been placed back on the beach since Hurricane Irma.       

Key

Park Attendance:  includes areas immediately north and south of each park

Preventative Actions:  stopping potential incidents before they occur

Minor Medicals:  a medical incident which is treated on-site by lifeguard/EMT        personnel

Major Medicals:  a medical incident that required Emergency Medical Services

About VBLA

This report is furnished by the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association, a non-profit, 501C3 organization.  Its mission is to promote water safety and lifeguarding in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities.  Contact us at VeroBeachLA@Yahoo.com or (908)797-8725.  Visit us at www.VBLA.org.  Donations are appreciated.  Monies raised are used to purchase equipment, supplies, staffing and training for the lifeguards from the city of Vero Beach.  Please send donations to:  VBLA, 1351 White Heron Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32963.