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Seaweed invades Bolivar Peninsula beaches

CRYSTAL BEACH - By Jennifer Gordy   
The long holiday weekend brought many visitors to the Bolivar Peninsula including an unwanted visitor.   Sargassum, or seaweed, is blanketing the beaches. In some areas it's as high as two feet or more.

Beach visitor Andrew Horne says,  "I heard a friend talking about it and I thought it can't be that bad, but when I came here it kind of surprised me." It didn't bother some children who were playing in it like it was sand, but fishing was a different story. 

Beach visitor Rob Austin says,"Your line just gets drug down the beach all mixed up in the seaweed.  You do it about 20 minutes and then you're like I'm never doing that again." The algae is stinky and unsightly and it makes getting down to the beach very difficult. Freddie Gallardo says, "It's stopping me from going swimming.  That's was I really wanted to do when I came, but I'm not going through that yucky feeling."
James Cranford says,  "It looks pretty nasty.  I'm surprised the City of Galveston is not out here trying to clean it up."

Galveston's Convention and Visitors Bureau says the seaweed is a natural phenomenon seen up and down the coast and it serves a good purpose preventing erosion and providing a habitat..

But for beach visitors this weekend, it was just a nuisance.  Andrew Horne says,  "It feels really weird. It's like soggy and nasty and wet and sometimes you'll sink in it." A nasty mess for Galveston County officials to deal with once the crowds have gone home.
Seaweed invades Bolivar Peninsula beaches

Tuesday, May 27 2014, 09:40 AM CDT
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