When a sea foam bloom triggers a panic, here’s what to do
NEW YORK — A wave of sea lilies has flooded the New York City harbor, triggering a panic in many of the city’s hotels.
Flower sea lily blooms in New York, May 6, 2020.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for a state of emergency.
It is believed that the sea liles are a result of a wave caused by the winter weather.
Some hotels in Manhattan have had to shut down temporarily, but the city said it was looking into all possibilities.
“I am aware that the City has a number of people that have been affected,” a spokesman for the mayor told CBS News.
De Blasio said the city will continue to help its residents, but it is “absolutely critical that we protect our residents and visitors and we’re taking all measures to do that.”
Flowers bloomed in the New Yorker State Park in Brooklyn, April 27, 2020, after the sea grass bloomed.
A wave of ocean grass bloom at the New Yorkers State Park April 27.
Carmen Garcia of the New Jersey-based Ocean Conservancy said the sea foam has caused a panic among hotel guests, who have been scrambling to find hotels that have the space to accommodate guests.
The state park in Brooklyn is the only one in the country that allows guests to sleep on the floor of their hotel room.
The park is located on the northern edge of Manhattan.
At least 14 people were reported to be injured after a large sea grass washes ashore in New Jersey on Monday, a day after a similar bloom in Brooklyn.
The city is expecting up to 4,000 people to arrive by the end of the day, officials said.
The park’s director, Eric Eichhorn, said it has already seen a 50 percent increase in the number of visitors to the park this week.
On Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ordered state officials to make extra accommodations for visitors, saying that if they don’t, the state will have to shut its beaches.
The New York State Parks Service said it is working with the National Park Service to expand the area where guests can sleep.