I was just hunting for the draft of a blog post I wrote a while ago, and I came upon a little box on the page. It said “Top Searches” and then “why so much seaweed in beaches in Key West”.

That really surprised me. Why? Because there really isn’t that much seaweed on Smather’s Beach, one of the most popular beaches for weddings. I did a ceremony a couple of weeks ago and there was seaweed. But, and its a big but, it had been a long time since I’d seen seaweed there. Probably last summer, come to think of it. Luckily the couple was ok with it.

It takes a particular set of weather conditions for the algae to bloom and for it to be blown into the island’s shores. Those conditions are most prevalent in summer, or Key West’s rainy season. Fortunately, they don’t happen all that often and we only see seaweed at a very small number of our ceremonies.

Some people don’t mind it. It is, after all, a natural part of the ecology of our island. I have had people who were adamant about there being no seaweed and I have volunteered to rake it up for them should it occur. I have not had to rake once, but the promise still holds if seaweed is not your thing.

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