Lee and Collier County upgrading tools to keep SWFL beaches clean

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Surf rake. Photo via WINK News

A solution is coming for the effects of the red tide that is sticking around at high concentrations in Collier and Lee Counties.

There have been dead fish washing up for weeks, and on Wednesday, Naples is buying a critical tool to help keep your favorite beaches clean.

The city can’t come through and remove all the fish by hand, so to clean up the beaches, they rely on large beach rakes. Right now, one of the beach rakes is too worn out to be able to do its job.

The one they want to replace is more than 15 years old and is no longer useful when it comes to clearing dead fish and debris.

Since it is not working properly, the city plans to spend $55,000 for a new one.

Beach clean up is important now more than ever with high and medium levels of red tide detected up and down the coast.

Lee County uses the same type of rake to clean the beaches as well. The machines are designed to scoop the dead marine life without creating a bigger mess.

If council signs off, Naples will trade in their old one and get a new rake within 2 months.

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