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From a friend of mine sending out the all call: 

Hi Friends, the Lagoon really needs your help right now. Participated in a fish kill cleanup sponsored by Keep Brevard Beautiful and Brevard Zoo today. Two of us filled 18 garbage bags in about 2 hours. The east and west sides of South Tropical Trail by Pineda are REALLY bad. Time is crucial right now… one of the locations the fish had already started to decompose badly, they had sunk to the bottom and were disintegrated as we scooped them. The longer they are allowed to sit in the water the more nutrients are mucking up the Lagoon. Please, please, please share this info with family and friends who are looking for a way to help the lagoon right now. The more carcasses we can get out of the water ASAP the better. Even if you have just 30 minutes on your way home from work - every little bit helps. And if you plan to be on the water in the near future, please bring garbage bags and take what you find with you. The Lagoon gives so much to us and now it’s our time to give back to the Lagoon. Thanks!

Here is more info from Florida Today:

Want to do something about all the dead fish pilling up along the banks of the Indian River Lagoon?

How about putting on some gloves, bagging up some dead fish and hauling them to a local dumpster?

Today (March 23), Brevard County plans to put dumpsters at several locations, where volunteers can dispose of the dead fish washed up on the lagoon banks this week.

The locations will be as follows:

  • Bicentennial Park, 801 W Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa Beach
  • Kiwanis Island Park, 51 Kiwanis Island Park Rd, Merritt Island
  • Kelly Park, Merritt Island, 2550 N. Banana River Drive
  • POW/MIA Park, 5995 N. U.S. 1, Melbourne, at Pineda Causeway
  • Eau Gallie Causeway (will add an extra dumpster there)

The dumpsters will be picked up daily and the fish hauled to the landfill.

The county is targeting cleanup efforts in Sykes Creek; Cocoa Beach; Snug Harbor in Cocoa Beach;  Windjammer Court in Merritt Island; and Grand Canal in Satellite Beach.


Thank you to all who volunteer to help clean up the lagoon, I wish I was still in the area and could help with this. While this is a short term problem we all must look ahead to the long term solutions needed to save one of the most biologically diverse places in Florida. 

My town according to Urban Dictionary:
A town in Florida where you can buy weed easily, where there are homless guys running around in huge jackets in 100 degree weather, a place where most peoples have no lives and just waist there life at the mall there with a buch of shitty stores. pretty much.

So, the lovebugs are beginning to appear here on the island….we deal with them every year, twice a year. I noticed quite a bit of them this morning! It’s one of the disadvantages to living in Florida. But, it does make a good joke!!! Every time they come around, it’s always something to complain about and make fun of.

Lovebugs in Florida

Lovebugs are small black flies with a red thorax that have been invading our lives in April-May and August-September for years. They are considered a nuisance mainly because they congregate in large numbers along highways and splatter on windshields and grills of our cars.