Beach Cleaning

The eastern boundary of the Village of Key Biscayne is 2,200 yards (approximately 1.25 miles) of Atlantic Ocean beachfront. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the beauty of the beach and ocean bordering the Village limits and can walk to the south unimpeded to the iconic Cape Florida lighthouse at the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and to the north to Miami-Dade County's Crandon Beach Park.  Although the shoreline seaward of the mean high tide line is the property of the State of Florida, the Village is responsible for maintaining the beach area from the erosion control line generally located at the crest of the upland dunes eastward to the waterline.

The Village's beach maintenance contractor is responsible for trash removal, grooms the beach berm and removes seaweed with daily raking and grading. Additional truck hauling services are added as necessary during certain times of the year to deal with excessive seasonal seaweed (Sargassum) accumulations. See the scope of activities at the Beach Maintenance webpage.

Community volunteers also play an important role in cleaning our beach. Please view this Public Service Announcement video on the Fill-A-Bag initiative to learn more.

On-going maintenance of the Atlantic shoreline is overseen by the Public Works Department. Daily tasks along the 1.25 miles of beach are currently performed by Beach Raker, a Village contractor, as follows:

  • Mechanical cleaning of the beach within Village limits is performed seven days per week. Hours are dictated by beachgoers, tidal conditions and turtle nesting activity.
  • Operations typically begin at approximately 6:00 a.m. and end around 10-11:00 a.m. depending on the beach conditions. The length of work is dictated by seaweed volume and tide (more area to cover at low tide)
  • Seaweed and seagrassis raked up and either buried at the mean high water line (MHWL) of the beach or hauled away by truck if there is too much seaweed to deep bury.
  • Debris picked up ranges from small pieces of trash to logs.
  • Sand grooming maintains the recreational beach profile and, in some cases recreates the profile (for example, after storm events)
  • Village waste containers are emptied.
  • On occasion, seaweed can be placed at the frontal area of the dunes. This provides the dune with nutrients to the railroad vines (beach morning glory), sea oats and other dune plants that make up a healthy dune system.
  • During turtle nesting season (May-October) the beach contractor must wait until the morning turtle nest survey has been completed before work can commence.

Community volunteers play an important role in cleaning our beach. Please view this Public Service Announcement video on the Fill-A-Bag initiative to learn more.

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