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Southeast
Recreation

Brown algae slime blankets surf from Cocoa Beach Pier to Alan Shepard Park

COCOA BEACH — Dawn Stevenson sees the brown, wool-like gunk lap up every summer. But in recent years, she's noticed more severe algae outbreaks hit her hometown beach.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

Blaine: A Short History of a Coastal Town

Blaine, Washington: Where America Begins. Sitting on the very northwest corner of Washington and a formal doorway between the U.S. and Canada, Blaine is a small town with a lot of history.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

State says toxic algae makes water on coast beaches unsafe to touch, but seafood OK to consume

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, continues to maintain water contact warnings across the Mississippi Gulf Coast for all 21 sampling stations.

West Coast
Recreation

Commission Keeps Oceano Dunes Open to Off-Roaders For Now

Oceano Dunes on California’s central coast will remain open to off-road vehicles for at least another year.

Great Lakes
Recreation

Sleeping Bear Dunes now offering 'beach wheelchairs' for those who need

For those who have trouble walking but have always wanted to see Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan, there is good news. In a Facebook post over the weekend, the national lakeshore said they now have beach wheelchairs available for free.

Northeast
Recreation

Nightime Portsmouth beach parking restriction irks neighbors

Town Administrator Richard Rainer said police will not infringe any person’s right to use the McCorrie Point Beach responsibly. But they just can’t park there after 9 p.m.

Southeast
Recreation

Our beautiful Florida beaches, polluted by politics

You come here to unwind. To watch waves lapping against the shore, as they will until the end of time. To see a giddy child at play, trying to outrun the tide.

West Coast
Recreation

Grunion to create their own brand of July 4th fireworks on local beaches

Fish out of water, the grunion run — or, more accurately, wriggle — onto the coastline in the warmest months, only when the moon is full or new and the tide is high. They are there to spawn, creating a spectacle unique to Southern California and Baja California.

Southeast
Recreation

Myrtle Beach man crafts adaptive surfboards to make surfing accessible to all

Todd Sutz of the Island Inspired Board Company has handcrafted nearly 100 adaptive surfboards for various types of disabilities.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

FIELD NOTES: A beach full of stories

Low tide celebration offers opportunities to explore and interact

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

Kama3, Hawaii’s Famous Surfing Pig, Reportedly Killed By Hunters

Kama3, Hawaii’s popular surfing pig, was reportedly killed over the weekend while sleeping in a pen at a Hauula-based ranch.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

No swimming: Toxic bacteria afflicts Mississippi coast

MANDEVILLE, Miss. — An outbreak of toxic bacteria is ruining some beach plans in Mississippi, where authorities are warning people not to swim or eat seafood from polluted coastal waters.

West Coast
Recreation

DO CALIFORNIA BEACHES MAKE THE GRADE? Heal the Bay releases annual bacterial-pollution grades and Top 10 Beach Bummer list

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- California beach water quality sagged slightly in 2018-19, driven in large part by increased rainfall, according to the 29th annual Beach Report Card that the environmental-advocacy nonprofit released today. Heal the Bay assigned A-to-F letter grades for California beaches in the 2018-19 report, based on levels of weekly bacterial pollution in the ocean measured by county health agencies.

Southeast
Recreation

Beach water advisory issued again for part of Tybee Island

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - The Georgia Department of Public Health has issued another beach water advisory for part of Tybee Island.

International
Recreation

Australia’s pristine beaches have a poo problem

Australians love our iconic coastal lifestyle. So many of our settlements are spread along our huge coastline. Real estate prices soar where we can catch a view of the water.

International
Recreation

Bulgaria’s Parliament bans cars, caravans and tents from dunes

Bulgaria’s National Assembly approved on June 13 the second reading of amendments to the Black Sea Act that ban tents, as well as vehicles including campers and caravans, from the country’s Black Sea dunes.

West Coast
Recreation

Pebble Beach aims to keep harmful golf balls out of ocean

(Reuters) - Pebble Beach Golf Links, which hosts the U.S. Open this week, hopes the world’s best golfers will keep their balls on the fairways and out of the sensitive coastal waters, which have been overwhelmed by decades of golf ball pollution.

Coastwide
Recreation

10 Best Surfing Campsites on the East Coast

A guide to going gritty on the Eastern Seaboard, from the Deep South to the Great White North.

Southeast
Recreation

Survival plan: Is there a future for Southwest Florida's fishing-related businesses?

I absolutely understand that we need to protect and manage our fish and fisheries. It’s just that I’m trying to figure out how to run a business when the rules change dramatically without warning.

Northeast
Recreation

Erosion, Bird Nests Restrict Outer Beach Access

CHATHAM – Erosion town officials are calling serious, combined with nesting piping plovers, is restricting vehicle access to North Beach.The front beach from trails 6 to 8 is closed, and there is limited beachfront parking to the north of trail 7.

Southeast
Recreation

SECOND WOMAN IN A MONTH IS RUN OVER ON BEACH

A woman from Ohio was run over Tuesday afternoon as she sunbathed on a short stretch of beach where parking is allowed near Seaside Park in Fernandina Beach. The driver, Gregory Lee Green Jr., “immediately fled the scene, even after being told by a witness that he had run over the victim,” according to a news release from Police Chief James Hurley, who said that “at least three witnesses” gave information to his officers.

Northeast
Recreation

As Summer Begins, Specter Of Shark Attacks Looms Over Cape Cod

On a recent Saturday, about two dozen people enjoyed the sun on Newcomb Hollow Beach — the scene of last year's fatal shark attack on the Cape.

Recreation

South Africa declares 20 marine protected areas

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) officially declared 20 marine protected areas (MPAs) in South Africa last week.

Coastwide
Recreation

Five ways to leave the beach better than you found it this summer

Beach season is here! Let's talk about how to enjoy the beach and make it better at the same time.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

Sandpiper pavilion opens at Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island

CNT Note: The $12 million rehabilitation of Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island is a signififcant step forward for improved beach access for the public. Before founding CNT & ASPN, I worked to permit these improvements and others so I included this article as a tip of the hat to my prior days as a coastal consultant. (Peter Ravella, Publisher CNT & ASPN)

Great Lakes
Recreation

Lake Michigan water levels reducing Whitefish Dunes beach

Rising water levels on Lake Michigan will mean crowded beaches at Whitefish Dunes State Park this summer. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is forecasting higher water levels on all of the Great Lakes this year.

Southeast
Recreation

Preserving Waties Island: Could it be South Carolina's next state park?

Anyone who’s been to The Point in Cherry Grove has probably looked across Hog Inlet to see a handful of tall trees towering over the rest of the shrubbery on the undeveloped Waties Island.

International
Recreation

The story of the former olympian who designed the world's most beloved boat

In 1970, Bruce Kirby created the perfect single-person sailboat. What made the Laser so unbeatable?

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

With climate change, Oregon coastal parks face a new norm: Severe weather and rising sea level

Trees lining the path to Arcadia Beach slant back against the hillside as if permanently enduring invisible gale-force winds.

Southeast
Recreation

How has Clearwater Beach evolved over the past century? Florida Wonders explores.

Welcome to Florida Wonders, a series where Tampa Bay Times journalists tackle reader questions about the people and places in the Tampa Bay area and the state of Florida.

West Coast
Recreation

El Niño and our beaches | Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard

Our beaches come and go seasonally in response to changing wave conditions. The larger and more energetic winter waves stir up the beach sand and carry it offshore, eroding the shoreline back. Six months or so later, the smaller and less energetic spring and summer waves gradually move that sand back onshore, building the beach just in time for all the summer visitors.

International
Recreation

Thailand says ‘seasteading’ couple Nadia Summergirl and Chad Elwartowski should fight charge in court

The pair have been accused of violating Thai sovereignty by raising a small cabin on top of a big spar 14 nautical miles off the west coast island of Phuket. The Thai navy raided their home this week and authorities revoked the man’s visa

Coastwide
Recreation

Boating infrastructure projects will get $20 million in grants

Grantees use BIG funds to construct, renovate and maintain marinas and other facilities with features for transient boats, that are 26 feet or more in length, and are used for recreation. They can also be used to educate the public about recreational boating.

International
Recreation

Devon, England: Surfing Legend Drops into Torquay

Surfing legend Ian “Kanga” Cairns is arriving to the Torquay Books on April 16 to launch his new book Kanga: a sports biography, adventure and surf history in two volumes.

International
Recreation

The ‘Poorest’ Suburb of Paris Places Bid to Host Olympic Surfing in 2024 (175 km from the Ocean)

According to Agence France-Presse, a suburb of Paris with a population of about 50,000 people, has placed an official bid to host surfing when the 2024 games come to France. It joins Biarritz and Lacanau, two known surf destinations in Europe for the honor to host Olympic surf competition but there’s one unique characteristic about Sevran for surf fans worth noting: it’s 175 km from the ocean.

International
Recreation

Meet 'Spike' the surfing echidna (Come on, it's Friday and yes, there is video)

SEEING an Australian marsupial is special at any time, but when it's an echidna on a beach, it's iconic.

International
Recreation

SURF GUITAR LEGEND DICK DALE DEAD AT 81

Misirlou star and surf pioneer passes away following health issues.

International
Recreation

The Mounties on a mission in the surf

As Julia Conway hits a wave in her inflatable rescue boat, her right hand clenched and thrumming on the tiller arm and salt spray stinging her face, she’s reminded of the many reasons she’s there.

International
Recreation

Surfing Australia chief executive Chris Mater excited about Tasmania's potential

New Surfing Australia chief executive Chris Mater has described the sport in Tasmania as an "exciting proposition", but saying at present it still is very much in the "development stage" when it comes to matching up with other states.

International
Recreation

New Look World Surf League Longboard Tour Hits Noosa Queensland

World Surf League: Nossa, Queensland /AUS (Wednesday, March 6, 2019) - The new look World Surf League (WSL) Longboard Tour (LT) will commence this week at one of the world’s most iconic surfing locations, Noosa, Queensland. I