Rake the Red Drift Algae


As a resident and home owner, I don’t necessarily care that there will be less tourists on the beach next year, but that is exactly what this town will have due to the lack of effort to remove the red drift sea weed from the beach.  It was a shame that during the busiest weeks of the year, our beach looked more like a Mars landscape than the inviting white sandy beach we use to be known for. If you paid thousands of dollars for a FMB vacation, and faced this mess, would you come back next year? The red drift can be raked up, and used as fill for dunes at many places.  Saying that it’s just natural and supports the environment is a convenient excuse for inaction. Maybe environmentalist are just happier that there will be less invasive species (tourists) on the beach in the future.


Doug Jones
Fort Myers Beach