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MA - Cape Cod National Seashore Shuts Down Visitor Centers

As Provincetown issues an indoor mask mandate to combat the Covid spike in town, the Cape Cod National Seashore is shutting down visitor centers in P-Town and Eastham.

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VA - Report claims Virginia pays for low-quality conservation easements

The Office of the State Inspector General says Virginia’s land-conservation easement program, in which properties receive tax breaks, needs work.

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CA - Proposed ballot measure would require residents' approval for major development in Laguna Beach

After an effort to give Laguna Beach residents a strong say in the fate of development projects within the city was curbed by the coronavirus pandemic last spring, the grassroots group Laguna Residents First submitted a notice of intent on Wednesday for a proposed ballot initiative that would do just that.

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NC - May occupancy tax revenue tops $1M for first time, doubles 2020 collections

With May occupancy tax revenue more than doubling revenue from the tax in May 2020, Carteret County has set monthly records for an entire year.

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CA - Updated tsunami hazard maps for Orange County highlight at-risk areas

Updated tsunami hazard maps for Orange County will aid in planning evacuations should such a wave threaten local communities, the California Geological Survey said.

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FL - BROWN: Hutchinson Island

Hutchinson Island, located on the east coast of Florida, is a long, thin barrier island that stretches from Fort Pierce to Stuart, Fla.

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FL - The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces More Than $5.3 Million to Improve Infrastructure, Community Redevelopment, and Job Creation in Tampa Communities

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced grant awards totaling more than $6 million in the Tampa area. Grant funding will be used to improve infrastructure, community redevelopment, and job creation in small and rural communities.

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NY - Southern Brooklyn pols advocate for fed investment into waterfront promenade

Southern Brooklyn politicians are asking New York Senator Chuck Schumer to not forget about the deteriorating Shore Parkway Promenade when negotiating a large federal infrastructure bill currently before Congress.

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TX - Newly signed bill creates ‘Gulf Coast Protection District’

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed Senate Bill 1160 into law which will create a Gulf Coast Protection District. This district will be authorized to receive and issue funds for future coastal projects identified in the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study.

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SC - Beaufort’s Mossy Oaks upgrade stopped ‘scourge of flooding.’ Can the system withstand Elsa?

Major flooding occurred in Beaufort's historic 'The Point' neighborhood and Henry C. Chambers waterfront park when Tropical Storm Irma came through on Monday.

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IN - Indiana's port system has $8.2 billion economic impact, study finds

Indiana's port system contributes $8.2 billion a year to the state's economy, a 5% increase from the last study five years ago

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HI - Hawaii suncreen law topic of Wednesday zoom presentation

Questions involving Hawaii’s ban on sunscreens containing the reef harming chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate will be answered during a free presentation at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom.

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FL - Rare colony of seabirds returns to South Florida for nesting season

Last year bird lovers were shocked when a colony of federally protected seabirds summered in Deerfield Beach, which they attributed to an empty beach because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WI - The Milwaukee Estuary could soon be cleaner, thanks to another round of dredging and a new sediment containment facility

The Milwaukee Estuary is moving a step closer to clean water and space for recreation, thanks to partial approval of funding for a sediment containment facility.

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NC - Plaintiffs seek summary judgment in suit over Currituck County's use of Occupancy Tax funds

A new chapter in two-year-old litigation over Currituck County’s use of more than $30 million in Occupancy Tax revenue opened recently when the plaintiffs in that suit announced they had filed a Motion for Partial Summary Judgment in the case on June 24.

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IND - Scrub Hub: Why Indiana's Lake Michigan waterfront is seeing its worst erosion in decades

Roads collapsing into the water, a stairway and pavilion swept away, dozens of yards of beach submerged: In the last year, erosion has pummeled the Lake Michigan shoreline and the property edging it.

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AL - Orange Beach completes purchase of beachfront property in collaboration with restaurant group

The City of Orange Beach finalized the historic purchase of over 4 acres of beachfront property for city residents. This move is part of a public-private collaboration between the City and Orange Beach Land Company, LLC (OBLC), which is owned by Flora-Bama co-owners John McInnis and Cameron Price.

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CARIB - Mexico's Caribbean coast hit by heavy seaweed, more expected

Environmentalists and tourism operators on Mexico’s Caribbean coast are complaining about mounds of foul-smelling sargassum — a seaweed-like algae — that are piling up on beaches and turning turquoise waters brown.

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Int'l - $816m budget helps create a safer, secure future on Sunshine Coast

Creating a safer, secure future for our community remains sharply in focus with Sunshine Coast Council endorsing its $816 million budget for 2021/22.

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WI - Gov. Evers Announces NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Designation for National Marine Sanctuary

Gov. Tony Evers today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will publish the final rule for the designation of the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary on June 23, 2021. The designation will take effect following a review by the governor and Congress over a 45-day period of continuous session of Congress.

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FL - ‘The water is coming’: Florida Keys faces stark reality as seas rise

Officials prepare to elevate streets despite financial shortfalls, amid recognition that not every home can be saved

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CA - San Clemente Disbands Coastal Advisory Committee Amidst Numerous Beach Crises

Despite facing dramatic beach sand loss and water quality issues, San Clemente City Council members abolished an expert panel that studies and advises on these problems, plus the health of the city’s dozen or so beaches.

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CA - Editorial: As sea levels rise, California must increase Coastal Commission funding

Sea level rise is not some future dystopian fantasy. It is here on the California coast. At high tide, water gushes over stairways leading down bluff trails to beaches and up to some oceanfront homes.

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CA - Coastal Commission Releases Conceptual Plan for Public Access to Hollister Ranch Beaches

Report considers guided and independent access to the remote coastline by shuttle, trail, bicycle and private vehicle

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