Beaches overrun by Sargassum could be new normal, photo Smarter Travel

FL - Smelly sargassum seaweed could return to Florida's beaches in coming weeks

A burgeoning field of burdensome sargassum is making its way from the eastern Caribbean to South Florida with researchers estimating an early July arrival depending on winds and current.

The bloom of brown macroalgae is not expected to be the deep onslaught experienced in the record-breaking year of 2018, but a University of South Florida forecast is calling for an amount similar to 2015 — an above-average year that saw Florida beaches blanketed well into December, reports the Palm Beach Post, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.

Some Florida beaches have reopened during the coronavirus pandemic, although some have restrictions. And attendance at the beach is a far cry from what it'd normally be this time of year.