Hundreds of dead reef fish were found along the beach south of the Boca Raton Inlet Oct. 4 according to Palm Beach County lifeguards. Boca Raton city lifeguards said they only picked up about six dead fish on the north side of the Boca Raton Inlet. Few residents or tourists were at the beach there since Palm Beach County's South Inlet Park was closed. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star
Palm Beach County lifeguard Lange Jacobs heads back to the parking lot of South Inlet Park on the south side of the Boca Raton Inlet. Jacobs has been a lifeguard for more than 30 years and says he has never experienced respiratory problems this bad at the beach before. While the county has closed all of its beaches, it's not keeping people from going on the sand. Jacobs said he has been trying to catch beachgoers in the parking lot to discourage them going to the beach.
At the Boca Raton city beach at Palmetto Park Road and A1A there were no swimming signs posted every 50 feet along the beach to discourage people from getting into the water.