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San Diego City Council Voted Unanimously to Deny Ocean Beach Appeal on Dog Beach Ramp

The San Diego City Council voted unanimously to reject the appeal by the Ocean Beach Planning Board to block the City’s plans to spend $1.1 million in building a Dog Beach ADA ramp. The project will now move forward despite this opposition by the community.

Northeast
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Rising Water Spells Big Challenges For Little Beach

During a recent coastal storm, Chatham fire officials stopped in the Little Beach neighborhood to monitor the rising water at high tide. A bystander asked what they were doing, and when they explained, the man looked puzzled; he had just bought a home nearby. “It was a steal,” he said, pointing out the property with a smile. But do the flood waters ever reach his place?

International
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Australia: Shire of East Gippsland Adopts Eagle Point Marine and Coastal Management Plan

East Gippsland Shire Council adopted the Eagle Point Marine and Coastal Management Plan at the November 12 meeting. The plan reflects the community’s aspirations and will guide the management, protection and improvement of the Eagle Point foreshore for the next 10 years.

Northeast
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Delaware: Sussex County Council approves 3% lodging tax

Sussex County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a tax on stays in hotels and motels. The 3% lodging tax is expected to generate an estimated $1.3 million annually for the county.

Gulf of Mexico
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South Padre Island not moving forward with paid parking along Gulf Boulevard

The City of South Padre Island will not be moving forward with a controversial policy that would ask visitors to pay for parking spaces along Gulf Boulevard.

Mid-Atlantic
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Chincoteague council votes to increase lodging tax, but not until 2021

The Chincoteague Town Council voted Monday to increase the transient occupancy tax by 1%, but deferred the increase until January 2021.

Gulf of Mexico
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Bay access projects moving forward in Daphne, Spanish Fort

Projects to improve public access to Mobile Bay in Daphne and Spanish Fort can move forward with the approval of more than $3 million in federal funding.

Northeast
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Special Commission on Ocean Acidification Meets on Cape Cod

A special state commission has conducted its first of several meetings on research into ocean acidification in Massachusetts waters.

Southeast
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Protesters fight partial closure of Mickler's Beach in St. Johns County

Protesters against the partial closure of Mickler's Beach headed down to the beach Monday to voice their opposition.

Gulf of Mexico
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Texas: Cameron County announces temporary beach road closure for SpaceX testing

BOCA CHICA BEACH, Texas (KGBT) — Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño has announced temporary road closures for SpaceX testing.

Hawaii & Alaska
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Honolulu’s Proposed Beach Park Rules Are Long Overdue

The city Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking public input on new regulations that are a welcome step toward better park management.

Gulf of Mexico
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Walton Judge issues order to fix error in customary use order

A Walton County judge issued a Monday order to clear up an error that appeared to greatly alter a previous customary use ruling.

Hawaii & Alaska
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Hawaii: Some say gates blocking beach access in a private Kailua community isn’t fair

The public has a right to access all beaches in Hawaii, which is why newly locked gates have people upset in Kailua.

West Coast
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New park to be built on top of highway tunnels near Golden Gate Bridge

“Tunnel Tops” project in San Francisco Presidio breaks ground Thursday

Gulf of Mexico
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Families fighting back against Mickler's Landing closure in St. John's County, FL

Families plan to show up to a 9 a.m. commission meeting Tuesday to fight back against the closure of Mickler's Landing.

Gulf of Mexico
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County hoping for almost $7 million in RESTORE money to move effluent off Navarre Beach

Looks like the money to help get the waste water effluent off Navarre Beach and out of Navarre Sound may be coming from RESTORE Act funds from the BP Oil Spill. If approved, the total will be almost $7 million for Santa Rosa County.

Gulf of Mexico
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Florida: Beachfront homeowners receiving easement letters in first step to restore St. Johns County beaches

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Neighbors in St. Johns County who live along the shoreline got to speak with county leaders about a project to rebuild and restore South Ponte Vedra and Vilano beaches.

Northeast
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Hampton Bays Dune Washes Away Again; Town Supervisor Says Relief Is On The Way

A recently reconstructed berm along Dune Road near the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Docks was once again taken out during a coastal storm on Sunday night — and Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said relief is on the way to prevent the dune from being swept away so quickly in future storms.

Gulf of Mexico
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Florida: Bradenton Beach signs interlocal agreement for jitney trail

The pieces are coming together for the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency jitney trail.

Mid-Atlantic
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NJ: North Wildwood to Extend Bulkhead; Mayor Decries Federal Interference

“If their (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) mission is to protect fish and wildlife, they are failing miserably,” Mayor Patrick Rosenello said Oct. 15.

Mid-Atlantic
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Consultant helps Carolina Beach adjust land use plan for intensifying storms, rising sea levels

A consultancy firm is in the final stages of helping the island town draft an updated land use plan to meet state requirements and better prepare it for intensifying storms and rising sea levels.

Hawaii & Alaska
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The business of climate change

The sea level is predicted to rise at least 3.2 feet by the end of the century, and it’s already impacting coastal areas in Hawaii, as the ground beneath highways and shoreline buildings starts to erode.

Great Lakes
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Great Lakes Beach dwellers get city backing

St. Joseph residents get approval to seek immediate erosion protection

Coastwide
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Water may soon lap at the door, but still some homeowners don't want to rock the boat

It is becoming increasingly possible that sea-level rise of a meter or more will occur this century. You might expect this threat to preoccupy coastal homeowners. But many deny the need to act, for fear their property values will fall.

Northeast
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Mass: Rockport developer ordered to stop illegally altering protected wetlands in Pigeon Cove Harbor

A developer and his company have been permanently ordered to stop illegally filling and altering protected wetland resource areas and tidelands at their property on Pigeon Cove Harbor in Rockport.