Southeast
Southeast
Local

FL - Familiar complaints arrive as Okaloosa beaches reopen

Okaloosa County couldn’t really consider itself reopened without complaints being lodged about litter on the beaches and parking problems

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Miami-Dade County deploys advanced wastewater solution

The Water & Sewer Department has worked with Itron, US3 and the Avanti Company to install the IoT-based system, which will monitor flooding and prevent sewer overflows.

Coastwide
Science

Anchovies—and Their Predators—Help Researcher Solve Ecosystem Mysteries

Aspiring ecologist's work off Florida's west coast could help inform fisheries policy

Southeast
Federal

FL - LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Everyone invited to watershed summit event

Everyone is invited to join the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership 2020 Watershed Summit on June 1-2, 2020, with the theme “From Heartland to Coast: Protecting our Water, Wildlife, and Future.”

Southeast
Local

FL - This Florida Craftsman Makes Masks out of Python and Iguana Skin to Contain Covid19

Brian Wood, the 63-year-old owner of All American Gator Products, has turned his hand to designing face masks made out of reptile skin.

Southeast
Local

SC - Opinion: Beaches don’t belong to local municipalities

While, for now, you must trot along on Sullivan’s Island, at least the beaches are reopened. Does that mean they will stay opened? Who knows. It seems like COVID-19 is going to be with us for a while.

Southeast
Local

USA - What Happens if a Hurricane Hits During the Pandemic?

It’s deep into the summer and a massive hurricane looms off the Florida coast, threatening enormous destruction and widespread power blackouts. In normal times, in such a scenario, the orders would come down for millions of coastal residents: Evacuate.

Southeast
Engineering

SC - Commentary: Advice from Norfolk to Charleston: Slow roll the flood wall

Charleston and Norfolk, Virginia, are sister cities in the quest to address coastal flooding.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - South Carolina Tourism Collapse: Another Terrible Week Of Data

Losses continue to pile up despite industry being open for second full week …

Southeast
Science

FL - University of Miami aims test program at Miami Beach shoreline

A University of Miami interdisciplinary team is seeking permits from the State of Florida and US Army Corps of Engineers to deploy three “hybrid” structures in waters off Miami Beach to gather evidence on how best to protect the shoreline from damaging wave energy.

Southeast
Engineering

SC - Clemson scientists seek solutions to state’s mounting nuisance floods

While a rising tide may lift all boats, it spells trouble for South Carolina coastal communities where flooding has already long been a fact of life.

Coastwide
Science

USA - Hurricanes are getting stronger, more dangerous and forming earlier. Here’s how we can prepare.

Earlier this week, Tropical Storm Arthur skirted North Carolina’s coast before veering into the Atlantic. While damage was minimal, this marked the sixth straight year that a named storm developed in the Atlantic before the official start of hurricane season on June 1.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

FL - Scientists learning from death of staghorn outplants

Nursery-bred staghorn corals off the Upper Keys have about a 10% chance of surviving past seven years, according to a newly published scientific paper.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

FL - Four artificial oyster reefs to be constructed at Rock Creek in Naples

The city of Naples is continuing construction of artificial oyster reefs at the mouth of Rock Creek where it empties into the Gordon River.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Army’s proposal to put 10-foot dunes on Pinellas beaches makes waves

Measures among alternatives Corps hopes would maximize protection, minimize future cost

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Dredge is back in Destin and ready to finish what it started

The dredge is back and is expected to finish what it started by the middle of next week.

Southeast
Advocacy

SC - Southern Tide and Beneath the Waves Partner to Create a Sustainable Future

Coastal apparel brand supports marine conservation and research in an impactful way

Coastwide
Science

Int'l - Even biodiverse coral reefs still vulnerable to climate change and invasive species

A new study reveals clear evidence highlighting the importance of fish biodiversity to the health of spectacular tropical coral reef ecosystems. However, the study's results show that even though strong relationships between diversity and a healthy ecosystem persist, human-driven pressures of warming oceans and invasive species still diminish ecosystems in various ways.

Coastwide
Engineering

Int'l - CCell Renewables and Vicor collaborate to power new coral reef growth

CCell Renewables and Vicor collaborate to power new coral reef growth Innovative power delivery system accelerates coral reef restoration to save coastlines and protect communities

Southeast
Local

SC - Editorial: A fresh chance for Charleston to tackle flooding, sea level rise, housing costs

Repeated flooding that costs homeowners big bucks and erodes their quality of life. Rising seas that threaten to make flooding even more frequent. Home prices and rental rates that have continued to soar far beyond local pay scales. These are among the city’s gravest challenges, and city leaders, residents and advocates should start paying even closer attention because the city is poised to tackle them in its upcoming comprehensive plan rewrite.

Southeast
Local

FL - The Sea Versus St. Augustine

Rising waters put many historic coastal cities at risk of losing their cultural pasts: can they be saved?

Southeast
Tourism

SC - PHOTOS: Coastal South Carolina tourism finding a way to rebound

Myrtle Beach and coastal South Carolina are gearing up for returning tourism business.

Southeast
Local

FL - County’s on-beach parking reopens

After approving a consent agenda that included extending the county’s state of emergency for another week, the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to lift the county’s temporary on-beach parking ban at 8 a.m. today, but with several important restrictions.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Everglades Restoration - It's not a food fight, it's a water fight

I have lived in Naples for more than 35 years, where I’ve raised three children and managed my landscape architecture business. My husband, a Naples native, and his family have run The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club since 1946. I’ve been involved in conservation issues in Southwest Florida for decades and I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors of The Everglades Foundation.

Southeast
Local

FL - Broward cities want to reopen beaches after Memorial Day. The county won't commit.

After two months of closures, the mayors of coastal cities in Broward County are pushing for a May 26 reopening of beaches for exercise. But county officials seem reluctant to jump ahead of Miami-Dade, whose mayor has not yet indicated he’s willing to take that step.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - New program inspires outdoor family recreation while benefiting tourism businesses in Charlotte County

The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, in collaboration with the Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce, is inspiring outdoor family recreation while providing benefits to local tourism businesses in Charlotte County, through the sale of Englewood Youth Explorers (EYE) On Nature Youth Explorers Club Kid Paks at BestSideYourSide.com.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

FL - I'm committed to wearing a mask to the beach; others not so much

Wearing a mask on the beach is like wearing a scarlet letter. People look at you with suspicion. They assume you are sick or afraid. Either way, you are the one with the problem.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Friends of A1A video receives national recognition

The Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway were pleased to learn their video project “Capturing the A1A Byway Story,” part of the Roadmap to History video series in development, was selected for Honorable Mention by the National Scenic Byway Foundation on April 23.

Southeast
Recreation

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.

Southeast
Advocacy

SC - Post Courier Editorial: Oppose barrier island development

Reversing an earlier decision, Beaufort County officials recently agreed that plans for developing Bay Point Island do meet its definition for ecotourism, putting plans for a $100 million resort closer to approval .

Southeast
Fisheries

GA - After 150 years, Maggioni Oyster Co. begins a stylish second act.

IF YOU’VE ORDERED OYSTERS — whether raw, grilled, steamed, roasted, blackened, stewed or fried — at a Lowcountry establishment or attended a Southern backyard oyster roast, chances are they were supplied by Maggioni Oyster Co., which celebrates its 150th anniversary this May. The company’s backstory is delicious, too. Maggioni Oyster Co. has been in the same family for five generations and is the area’s largest provider of wild oysters, sustainably harvested from the clean, salty rivers of the Lowcountry.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Coronavirus: St. Johns County commissioners split over beach spending during COVID-19 threat

A St. Johns County beach project led to disagreement among county commissioners over spending priorities in light of COVID-19. This week, St. Johns County commissioners voted 3-2 to approve spending $200,000 to advance the design piece of what’s expected to be about a $22.2 million dollar beach dune project. The effort is intended to replace dunes that were lost in Hurricane Matthew.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - Frustrations build in Mount Pleasant over roadblocks preventing access to public beaches

MOUNT PLEASANT — To the east are public beaches. To the west are 90,000 or so people who might like to use them. And in between are barricades and police checkpoints.

Southeast
Property

FL - 'Very active' Atlantic hurricane season predicted

Coastal residents such as Monroe County Commissioner Craig Cates, a lifelong Key West native and the city’s mayor from 2009-18, don’t frighten easily. Resiliency is a way of life when you’ve seen “many, many hurricanes” come your way.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - Carnival won't resume cruises from Charleston until September

The Charleston-based Carnival Sunshine cruise ship will not begin sailing again until at least September 2020.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - Isle of Palms to hold special meeting Friday focused on reopening short term rentals

The Isle of Palms will be holding another special meeting, this time on Friday afternoon.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Determine Your Risk from a Hurricane

Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Life and property can also be at risk hundreds of miles inland. The hazards, however, are not the same for all locations.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Florida county’s medical examiner begged officials to close beaches, internal emails reveal

Beaches in Florida’s St. Johns County remained open to record crowds through most of March, despite mounting concerns raised by the county’s medical examiner and residents.

Southeast
Local

SC - Charleston County threatens legal action against Isle of Palms over beach, rental restrictions

In a letter to the mayor of the Isle of Palms, Charleston County Council is threatening the possibility of legal action if Isle of Palms does not reopen beach access.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Everglades Trust singles out “Big Sugar,” but letters show broad coalition opposing lower lake levels

The Everglades Foundation/Trust, never folks to let a good crisis go to waste, is at it again. This time it’s the coronavirus pandemic. Another opportunity to spin a yarn and fleece the daylights out of the anti-sugar crowd.

Southeast
Engineering

SC - Commentary by Dr. Orrin Pilkey: The Charleston sea wall is a solution whose time has not come

Global climate change is upon us and is impacting coastal cities everywhere in the world. Charleston is already experiencing higher tides, more storms and more flooding. In the years to come, the nearby ocean will continue to warm, adding to the sea-level rise as the heating water expands.

Southeast
Recreation

SC - Alligator takes over South Carolina beach as humans stay home for COVID-19 lockdown

Alligators are continuing to assert themselves in South Carolina as coronavirus lockdowns keep visitors from beaches and parks along parts of the coast. Read more here: https://www.heraldonline.com/news/state/south-carolina/article242302006.html#storylink=cpy

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Despite virus, 2019-20 a season of progress in Palm Beach

This spring, daily life suddenly turned upside down in Palm Beach and elsewhere as the entire globe was gripped by the coronavirus pandemic.

Southeast
Local

SC - Myrtle Beach allows hotels to re-open as coronavirus restrictions ease

Myrtle Beach, the financial heart of South Carolina’s tourism economy, will allow hotels and short-term rentals to start once again.

Southeast
Recreation

FL - Florida attorney Uhlfelder plans ‘Grim Reaper Beach Tour’

Saturday Night Live kinda jumped the gun on attorney Daniel Uhlfelder’s plan to walk Walton County’s beaches dressed as the Grim Reaper.

Mid-Atlantic
Fisheries

Looser Restrictions on Fishing Threatens Bluefin Tuna, Suit Says

The National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision to reopen two areas to pelagic longline fishing puts Western Atlantic bluefin tuna at risk and violated four federal laws, according to a lawsuit filed in a Maryland federal court.

Coastwide
Advocacy

FL - Cinematic voyage across the globe’s oceans captivates and educates

The Ocean Health Voyage, an online educational platform produced by a University of Miami professor and award-winning filmmaker, is now offered to members of the Hemispheric University Consortium.

Southeast
Science

FL - NOAA gives USF $227K grant to study red tide

The University of South Florida has received a grant worth more than $200,000 to study red tide and its impacts on Florida.

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Southeast
Science

Research Article: Mitigation of seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers using coastal earth fill considering future sea level rise

This paper presents the impact of sea level rise on SWI in coastal aquifers and application of coastal earth fill as a new technique to control SWI.

Southeast
Local

FL - Florida’s Climate Change Efforts 'Disjointed,' Former State Resilience Officer Found

Florida’s first chief resilience officer was in the job only a few months before she determined the state lacked a strategy for dealing with climate change.

Southeast
Science

Battered By Matthew And Florence, NC Must Brace For More Intense Storms

With scientists predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season this year, a new North Carolina Climate Science Report warns that the state needs to brace for a future of wetter and more intense hurricanes, plus other climate disruptions.

Southeast
Property

Will mortgages and markets stay afloat in Florida?

The firm McKinsey & Company has undertaken a case study focusing on residential property in Florida exposed to flooding from storm surges and to tidal flooding and assess the likely impact both in terms of direct and knock-on effects, for example through housing price adjustments

Southeast
Tourism

SC - Golf courses, considered lifeblood to Hilton Head, furlough hundreds due to coronavirus

April, typically the busiest month of the year for Hilton Head Island’s golf courses — an industry that brings in $2.59 billion statewide — has become financially unrecoverable for most courses.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Indian River County reopening guarded beaches Tuesday; St. Lucie may, Martin will not

One month ago, Treasure Coast leaders closed beaches. It was a unified front from local officials to present clarity for their region.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Tampa Bay tourism looking to focus on 'brighter days ahead'

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is launching a new campaign to re-attract visitors to the area post-COVID-19.

Southeast
Local

SC - Given a choice, local officials keep accesses shut

Public access to the beach on Pawleys Island will stay closed until Monday, unless the Town Council extends the closing.

Southeast
Science

FL - The Florida Aquarium just made a breakthrough that will help save the third largest coral reef in the world

The Florida Aquarium has made a breakthrough that will help save "America's Great Barrier Reef," the third largest coral reef in the world.

Southeast
Local

FL - New Ordinance Goes Into Effect in Cocoa Beach, Allows Gathering in Groups of 5 or Less on Beach

The City of Cocoa Beach announced on Tuesday that they will ease restrictions on beach access by allowing beach activities, including sitting or lying on the beach in groups of 5 or less while still practicing social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Southeast
Local

FL - Florida may use Jacksonville as model for reopening beaches

Re-Open Florida Task Force to make recommendations to governor by Friday

Southeast
Federal

GA - Mystic, Georgia Aquariums Lobby Commerce Secretary for Beluga Import Permit

Lobbyists and executives for Mystic Aquarium and Georgia Aquarium used back-door politics to try to win approval for a controversial permit application to import five captive-born beluga whales from Marineland in Canada, an Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) analysis of hundreds of documents has found.

Southeast
Federal

FL - DPMMR team frees entangled dolphin off Layton Key

On Saturday afternoon, April 18, 2020, an experienced team from Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder (DPMMR) freed a bottlenose dolphin entangled in a crab pot buoy-line. Aided by FWC, the DPMMR team successfully removed all the gear from the 7-foot male dolphin that was fighting for his life.

Caribbean
Tourism

Caribbean - Tourism group and environmental leader pledge climate action collaboration this Earth Day

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) joined together for Earth Day (April 22) to share their collaborative intent to emerge from the current Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) crisis and help rebuild a stronger, more resilient Caribbean for the environment and the people that depend on it.

Southeast
Local

Charleston-area beaches decide not to end restrictions on public access

After Gov. Henry McMaster said he would lift bans on public water access, several beach towns said Sunday that they would still maintain checkpoints and limit access to their beaches.

Southeast
Federal

Charleston’s peninsula could be walled in under new $1.75B flood prevention plan

Charleston’s peninsula could become a walled city again for the first time in centuries if the results of a flooding protection study released Monday by the Army Corps of Engineers come to full fruition.

Southeast
Local

SC - Myrtle Beach doesn’t have ‘adequate’ coronavirus testing resources, leaders say

Myrtle Beach officials say there aren’t enough coronavirus testing resources in the area, as health professionals cite the lack of testing could be producing inaccurate data, providing a false sense of security.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - South Carolina retail stores and public beach access points will be allowed to reopen Tuesday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Post and Courier says that South Carolina retail stores and public beach access points will be allowed to reopen on Tuesday.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - Charleston beach towns will maintain checkpoints after McMaster's impending order

CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) — The City of Isle Palms, the Town of Sullivan's Island, the City of Folly Beach, and the Town of Edisto Beach all came together to make a unanimous decision about their public beach accesses and checkpoints on Sunday.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Walk, run or surf – but don’t sunbathe on Florida beaches WKBN.com

It was a welcome relief for Judi Spann, who used to walk a mile on the beach every day before it was closed

Gulf of Mexico
Property

FL - How can “private” not be private? A property owner's opinion.

District Court Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola declined an emergency motion on Monday that would exempt Walton County beachfront property owners from an order closing all the county’s beaches.

Southeast
Advocacy

GA - St. Marys River, swamp join list of ‘Most Endangered’

A national river advocacy organization named the Okefenokee Swamp and St. Marys River among its list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers, citing the threat that a proposed titanium mining operation could pose to the health of the waterway.

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