VERO BEACH — A popular park along Vero Beach’s coast has reopened after officials cleaned up a long stretch of what they believed to be manatee poop.
Humiston Park Beach was shut down Thursday when the excrement was discovered.
Indian River County officials say they did a “feel and smell test” to determine whether the waste was human. They contacted state wildlife officials, who told them it could be from manatees, but no samples were ever tested.
The beach was littered with hundreds of piles of the stuff.
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Lifeguards closed it while city workers buried the waste several feet into the sand.
County officials say it’s rare for feces from manatees migrating along the coast to wash ashore, but recent high winds may have stirred it up from the ocean floor.
Falling boat kills man on S. Fla. expressway
HIALEAH — A boat fell and killed a man in a multi-vehicle crash on a South Florida expressway.
The Florida Highway Patrol’s Pat Santangelo says a pickup truck towing the boat had pulled over to the left shoulder Friday morning, where a red car stopped to help.
That’s when a Chevy Malibu lost control, hitting the back of the boat. The boat fell on two men underneath it, killing 16-year-old Noel Luaces Hernandez. Witnesses said the other man fled the scene in the red car.