Muck Monster becomes WPB resident

By John Bachman - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The city of West Palm Beach officially has a new resident; even though, no one has been able to get a really good look at the mysterious creature known as the Muck Monster.

"I was born and raised here in West Palm," said Captain Danny Barrow. "I've fished this [Lake Worth] lagoon all my life."

If anyone has the inside track on finding the elusive Muck Monster, it might be Captain Danny. "What it is I don't know. It could be any of a number of things."

Barrow makes his living fishing off the same body of water where the sea creature has been spotted - the Lake Worth Lagoon. "It's like a diamond to a jeweler. This lagoon is a jewel."

Barrow hopes that whatever created these curious ripples in the lagoon will eventually add some more value to where he works.

So do West Palm Beach City Commissioners. They're already moving ahead with plans to install observation stations on the water to look for it.

They voted Monday to make the monster an official resident of the city. A move some people question while the city is hammering out the budget, cutting jobs and raising taxes.

But Commissioner Bill Moss, who is leading the charge to popularize the Muck Monster, says this is business opportunity for the city. "It's in good natured fun. I mean, we think that the Muck Monster is something people are very much interested in. Remember, it got four million hits on the CVB Web site."

It's an opportunity for people, like Danny Barrow, too. He says if more people are interested in this body of water, he'll have more potential customers. And more will be done to continue the environmental restoration efforts on the Lagoon. "Oh, I'm pumped up about it. And I can tell you what, if it eats small baits, I'll put a hook in it. 'Cause I'm on this water everyday."

Which might make Barrow as legendary as the Muck Monster.

Some people have also expressed concern about the money the city would spend on promoting the Muck Monster, but Commissioner Bill Moss assures they have spent no money so far promoting the creature.