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 85,500
Preventative Actions 980
Minor Medicals 10
Major Medicals 1
Average Water Temperature 74
Beach Erosion Minimal
Stinging Marine Life Minimal
Monthly beach attendance for December 2018 (85,500) shattered the December record set back in 2017 (68,000). Many people were on the beach but only some braved the cooler water temperatures (low 70’s) and cold fronts. Royal Terns and other “snow birds” were spotted on the beach. By the end of the month, parking became an issue at the beach parks and central beach along Ocean Drive. Surfcasting fisherman were seen in large numbers catching Pompano, Whiting, Spanish Mackerel and more. Manatees were spotted traveling south along the shoreline. Mother Nature along with the City of Vero Beach’s beach grooming contractor have made the beaches especially beautiful with very little seaweed and debris. Beach grooming started November 1st and will continue through March. Lifeguards responded to 11 medical calls; mostly cuts, scraps and Man of War stings and rescued 5 swimmers from rip currents bringing the total number of water rescues in 2018 to 33.
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
Whenever beaches are closed due to large surf, sharks or other emergencies, it is strongly advised that the public stay out of the water due to the dangerous conditions or the absence of lifeguards.
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.