Monthly Beach Report For
Jaycee Park / Humiston Park / South Beach Park
To promote lifeguarding and water safety in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities
Total Park Attendance 66,100
Preventative Actions 1,081
Minor Medicals 26
Major Medicals 4
Average Water Temperature 82
Beach Erosion Minimal
Stinging Marine Life Moderate
Beach attendance slowed down considerably as local students headed back to school and “snowbirds” have yet to arrive for the season. Afternoon thunderstorms and tropical storms added to the decrease in beach attendance. Even though all the aforementioned factors contributed to lower beach attendance, August 2018 attendance still broke the record for August beach attendance set back in 2017 with 60,000 attendees. The ocean water temperature has stabilized to an average of 82 degrees. Sargassum seaweed continued to wash ashore and continues to linger along the shoreline. Some sea turtle hatchlings have been seen crawling in the wrong direction (away from the ocean) because of lights emanating from structures along the beach. Baitfish pods were present along the shoreline attracting larger fish such as tarpon and sharks. Lifeguards closed the water on numerous occasions when larger predatory fish, attracted by the bait pods, came too close to shore. Lifeguards responded to 30 medical calls in August. There were no water rescues reported keeping the total number of swimmers rescued from the water to 25 in 2018. 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 help from Idea Garden, Waldo’s, Minuteman Press, Coastal Technology Corporation, Hoos Architects, Mills Short Engineers, Farrow Construction, City of Vero Beach Recreation Department, and City Council, VBLA’s goal of giving our lifeguards the ability to see more of the beach and react to emergencies faster by building a lifeguard tower and command center at Humiston Park is progressing.
Areas of Concern
During lightning storms, it is strongly advised that the public evacuate the beach and seek shelter. Only strong, experienced swimmers with floatation devices and/or a vessel accompanying them should attempt to swim to the Breconshire wreck. The wreck is 650 yards off the coast from Humiston Park and 450 yards off the coast of Costa d Este Resort. The distance and currents are deceiving causing some swimmers to have difficulty during the attempt.
Park Attendance: an estimated count of park attendees to include boardwalks within each park and 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
Rescues: Any water-related emergency to include rip current rescues, fatigued swimmers, surfing, kiteboarding and/or boating accidents.
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, and training for the lifeguards from the city of Vero Beach. Please send donations to: VBLA, 1351 White Heron Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32963.
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