POINT LOOKOUT - Residents near Point Lookout Beach are asking town officials to help clean up the seaweed that has invaded the water.

Residents say they can't even go near the water due to the seaweed, which is 2-3 feet thick in some spots.

Beachgoers say the seaweed is smelly, bug-infested and potentially dangerous to walk in because it could be hiding debris.

Mike Deery, a spokesperson for the Town of Hempstead, says the seaweed problem may stem from low waves, moon tide, warm weather or the jetty blocking the flow of the tide. Deery says the town cleans the beach every day.