Hancock County beaches closed for 30 days for cleanup
The beaches in Hancock County will be closed for at least the next 30 days as crews work to clean up the mess left behind by Cristobal.
A sea of marsh grass is now covering the beach where you would normally find white sand in Hancock County. Officials tell News 25 there is at least 75,000 yards of the marsh grass washed ashore in Hancock County right now.
A special meeting will be held Friday to open up bids and hopefully award the bid by Friday night to start the beach cleanup as soon as possible.
The beaches are currently closed for the foreseeable future due to the dangers that come with this type of debris and to make room for cleanup crews. Hancock County Board President, District 4 Supervisor Scotty Adam said, “We’ve seen a lot of live animals out there. I’m sure there are snakes out there as well. So, the beach is closed right now and we are asking people to please stay off the marsh grass and please be careful. I know there are people walking out there. I saw some yesterday and we are asking people to please stay off as it is temporarily closed from the Washington Street Pier all the way down to the Clemont Harbor Pier and that is where all the marsh grass is located. We will hopefully start the clean up this weekend.”
Some piers in Hancock County were damaged during the storm and officials will be working to clean up and repair those areas as well.