BAYONET POINT — A putrid smell that drove some Beacon Woods residents indoors in June seems to be cleared up.
Shortly after Tropical Storm Andrea blew through Pasco County in June, residents of the golf course community started complaining of a rotting, manure-like smell.
Beacon Woods Civic Association president Ron Meiczinger said the stench was concentrated in the creek area right behind three homes on Charter Oak Way, near the 17th hole of the golf course.
Mike Garrett, director of Pasco County's Public Works, said the smell was determined to not be manmade.
"It was not sewage, period," he said.
The likely culprit was rotting duckweed, Garrett said. The weeds grow in the canal, and he said that when workers reopened a duckweed sample a few days after removing it, the duckweed smelled like the canal.
However, Public Works does not deal with duckweed and didn't remove it.
Maggi Kosuda, manager of the neighborhood civic association, said she hasn't heard of any residents calling to complain about the smell since late June. She said she was told that still creek water likely created the problem, but strange smells haven't been an issue recently.
"As far as we know, the smell is not there anymore," she said.
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