South Beach Park
To promote lifeguarding and water safety in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities
|Total Park Attendance||49,550|
|Average Water Temperature||80|
|Stinging Marine Life||Minimal|
A new attendance record was set for the month of October surpassing the previous October attendance record of 44,300 set back in 2013. A good economy and colder weather up North may be factors in the record numbers. Damage from Hurricane Dorian has been repaired at JC, Conn and Humiston Park boardwalks and dunes. There were 7 medical emergencies on the beach of which only one was serious enough for the victim to be transported to the hospital. 4 people were rescued from rip currents bringing the total number of water rescues in 2019 to 19. Only a few sea turtle nests remained with the nesting season ending on October 31st. The average ocean water temperature dropped to 80 degrees. All of the artificial reef buoys on the PEP reef along Central Beach have washed away. Volunteers from the VBLA will attempt to attach some of the buoys if/when conditions allow.
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
Lifeguard extended hours during the summer provided more safety on the beach by preventing some accidents from occurring. The City has budgeted for extended hours next summer and is considering extending the hours during more months of the year.
The City of Vero Beach has pledged $75,000 to help build the House of Refuge Lifeguard Tower and Command Center at Humiston Park. With help from Coastal Technology Corporation, Hoos Architects, Mills Short Engineers and Farrow Construction, VBLA’s goal of giving our lifeguards the ability to see more of the beach and react to emergencies faster by building a facility at Humiston Park is progressing.
The VBLA has produced a fun and quirky video called “ELLEN ALERT” which was submitted to the Ellen DeGeneres Show. This 3 minute video “summons” our local lifeguards to the beach. They drop what they are doing and assemble to ask for help for funding of the House of Refuge Lifeguard Tower and Command Center at Humiston park from Ellen. We ask the public to watch and share the video on vbla.org, YouTube and/or FaceBook.
Areas of Concern
Some dog owners are bringing their dogs on the beach. It is against City ordinances to bring dogs on any of the City’s beach parks or traverse over public beach accesses with dogs unless the dog is a “handicap assisted” animal. Many dogs are off their leashes which pose a hazard to beach patrons and sea turtle nests.
As the popularity of Vero Beach grows more people are outside the guarded areas and swimming when lifeguards are not present.
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, kite boarding 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.