It looks like the town staff members in Fort Myers Beach have a stinky situation on their hands. Literally. Dead fish have started washing up on shore, and it’s up to these brave souls to clean up the mess.
I mean, sure, it’s not the most glamorous job out there. But someone’s gotta do it, right? And let’s be honest, it’s not like anyone’s lining up to volunteer for this task.
But fear not, the town’s Environmental Services Manager is on the case! Apparently, they’ve been working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to receive a permit to use heavier equipment to remove the fish. Because let’s face it, sometimes a good old-fashioned shovel just isn’t enough to get the job done.
And guess what? The approval for this heavy-duty equipment was received on Monday, Feb. 27. Just in time, too, because Lee County is loaning some equipment to the town starting today, February 28, 2023.
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Now, some of you might be wondering why these fish are dying in the first place. Well, according FOX 4, to the Lee County Health Department says, there are “alert levels” of Red Tide in the Gulf waters around Lynn Hall Memorial Park near Times Square. And if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s also a ton of debris in the water from Hurricane Ian.
So, not only are these town staff members tasked with cleaning up dead fish, they also have to deal with potentially harmful water conditions. Talk about a thankless job!
But hey, let’s give these folks some credit. They’re out there day in and day out, doing the dirty work so that we can enjoy a clean beach. So, next time you see one of these workers hauling away a load of dead fish, be sure to give them a nod of appreciation. And maybe a can of air freshener, too.