Vero Beach Lifeguard Association Monthly Beach Report for October 2020

Jaycee Park / Humiston Park / South Beach Park

Our Mission:

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



Total Park Attendance40,255
Preventative Actions703
Minor Medicals10
Major Medicals0
Average Water Temperature78
Beach ErosionModerate
Stinging Marine LifeModerate

*Does not include extended hours statistics

General Conditions

October 2020 beach attendance did not break any attendance records (record high 2019: 49,500, record low 2018: 22,000 due to Red Tide).  The COVID-19 pandemic along with some showers, large waves and windy conditions may have kept people off the beach.  Over the years, VBLA has noticed that beach patrons are spreading out along our four miles of City beach.  We have seen a steady migration away from guarded areas, filling in the approximately one mile distance between each of the three lifeguard towers.  It is to be noted that beach attendance is taken within the guarded beaches (200 yards each) and 50 yards north and south of each tower.  Patrons outside these areas are not counted in our report.  Moderate beach erosion has occurred especially around the south end of Conn Beach and the hotel district at Central Beach.  Tides, winds and currents have smoothed out the two-tier shelf dunes on most of our beach.  There were many afternoon thunderstorms in October.  Sea turtle nesting season ended October 31st.  Beach grooming (the removal of seaweed from the beach) will resume on Noverber 1st.  The ocean water temperature has dropped to 78 degrees.  Lifeguards responded to 10 minor medical calls during the month.  Lifeguards rescued 2 people from rip currents during the month of October bringing the total number of water rescues in 2020 to 31.          

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 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 will be a reality once we find a donor. 

Nikki Kalin
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