Sunday, May 17, 2015

Seaweed, Jelly Fish, Rip Currents Off Cocoa Beach

Portuguese Man of War are present off Cocoa Beach
COCOA BEACH, Florida - It won't be a good day to go surfing, fishing, or swimming off Cocoa Beach, Florida on Sunday, May 17, 2015. That's because strong easterly winds have pushed a fresh line of golden Sargassum seaweed onto Brevard County beaches and into the surf zone along with Portuguese Man of War jellyfish. The onshore winds are also creating choppy and foamy surf conditions that carry a moderate rip current risk throughout Florida's Space Coast beaches.

However, there is still another reason to visit Cocoa Beach on Sunday despite the poor surf conditions.  The 2015 Cocoa Beach Super Boat Race takes place today with the first super boat race starting at 11 a.m., a second race at 1:15 p.m., and a third race at 2:30 p.m. 

The race route starts at Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach and heads south for a first turn at Lori Wilson Park then back north for a second turn at The Cocoa Beach Pier, then back south for a finish at Shepard Park. 

Lori Wilson Park will host the event on Saturday and Sunday.  Event organizers will charge the public for parking at Lori Wilson Park this weekend.

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A Sargassum seaweed "wrack line" blanketed the beach on Sunday.