GALVESTON — The effect of this year’s seaweed season on the island has been a hot topic this week on the island.

On Thursday, I got up early to join the Galveston Park Board’s maintenance crews as they began their daily work of checking the beaches and moving large deposits of sargassum weed from some of the island’s most popular beaches.

The Park Board has been putting in long hours since the first seaweed landing came in April. This year’s seaweed season is expected to last through at least the end of July.

The beach maintenance department’s manager,  Jesse Ojeda, talked to me Thursday about just what this year has been like.

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Linda Vaccaro

Why was the seaweed being removed and trucked to the east beach this morning before daylight? I thought is wasn't supposed to be removed. Any answers? How about GCDN checking this out!

Steve Fouga

Seems like I've seen it moved around in the past, from beach to beach... Depending on where the worst buildups were.

Linda Vaccaro

But it was my understanding that there is too much sand in the seaweed to move the seaweed without depleting the beach. I've been told that the beach is depleted from where they took the seaweed from in front of the San Luis. But oh, it's in front of the San Luis-of course it got moved! Can the GCDN check on this and tell us the real deal about what is really allowed in removing the seaweed?

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