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Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

FL - No blue-green algae. No red tide. River, coastal conditions looking better this fall

Caloosahatchee River flows are looking good at a time when algae is absent from the entire system, and other health indicators seem promising as the region transitions into the brunt of the dry season.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

AL - Mobile County uses GOMESA funds to Buy Popular Alabama fishing pier, ending decades of family ownership

Mobile County is financing the $2.1 million purchase through the state’s allocation of federal Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, or GOMESA, which generates its revenues from offshore oil and gas leases.

Great Lakes
Recreation

OH - Cleveland's East Side shoreline expansion project awarded nearly $1 million

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's National Coastal Resilience Fund awarded $985,000 for the continued design and engineering of the Cleveland Harbor Eastern Embayment Resilience Study, or CHEERS project, located on Cleveland's East Side.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

HI - Maui County Council Passes Historic Bill Prohibiting Non-Mineral Sunscreens

The Maui County Council unanimously passed Bill 135 to prohibit the sale, distribution, or use of non-mineral sunscreens. The bill was introduced by Maui County Councilmember Kelly Takaya King, chair of the Council’s Climate Action, Resilience, and Environment Committee.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Passenger Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats Face Looming Storm

Analysis Finds CARB "Low-Balled" Economic Feasibility of Proposed Engine Emission Regulations

International
Recreation

Peru - Is Chicama The World's Longest Surfing Wave?

Chicama, Peru Offers Up Some Some Of The World’s Longest Surfable Waves

Mid-Atlantic
Recreation

VA - Virginia Beach surf park project faces more delays as construction costs rise

VIRGINIA BEACH — Building an entertainment venue on the old dome site at the Oceanfront will cost more than originally planned, and the developers of the surf park that would complement it need more time to obtain financing, according to city staff.

Coastwide
Recreation

HI - ‘Dr. Beach’ picks Hawaii beach as best in United States: ‘Never seen sand so white in my life’

‘It’s like an oasis,’ Stephen Leatherman says of Hapuna Beach State Park, which he ranks the best beach in the United States in his just-released ‘Dr. Beach’ 2021 rankings.

Coastwide
Recreation

USA - Boating industry celebrates passage of bipartisan infrastructure bill

Many in the the recreational boating industry are applauding the passage of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act – commonly referred to as the bipartisan infrastructure framework (BIF) – which includes funding for recreation-based ports and waterways, funding for climate resiliency measures, and reauthorizes the $750 million Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund.

International
Recreation

AU - Perth beach where fatal shark attack happened unpatrolled when Paul Millachip was taken

The Perth beach where a swimmer was fatally attacked by a great white shark was not patrolled at the time of the attack while Perth's spotter helicopter was scouring beaches about 80 kilometres away.

International
Recreation

USA - Kelly Slater facing ban from select WSL tour events due to vaccination stance

Unvaccinated surfers, including Kelly Slater, have been warned they could face bans from select World Surfing League events next season if they stand by their choice to reject the Covid jab.

International
Recreation

GB - 459-year-old golf club 'chewed up' and 'eaten' by coastal erosion

The COP26 summit is taking place in Glasgow this week where 197 national parties who have signed up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change attend.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Gratitude for our imperiled Sonoma Coast

Where do Sonoma County residents and a multitude of others go for beauty, peace, consolation and spiritual counsel? Our coast.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

FL - Drone video shows red tide impacts to marine life in Destin harbor

DESTIN, Fla. (WKRG) — The luckiest fishing village is not very lucky for the fish this week. Drone footage sent to WKRG News 5 shows dead fish floating in the harbor.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

FL - Federal court ruling upholds BCC temporary closing of beaches on privately-owned property in 2020

A federal court judge has opined that Walton County’s action early in the COVID-19 pandemic to temporarily close beaches to all persons on privately-owned as well as publicly-owned beach property, “was a reasonable public-health measure based on what was known at that time about the spread of covid-19.” This was part of an Oct. 15, 2021, order by United States District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in favor of Walton County.

International
Recreation

UK - Surfing champion explains how Wales' wild weather can help tackle climate change

An adaptive surfing champion from Abersoch is raising awareness of how the weather could help generate renewable energy in a bid to tackle climate change.

Caribbean
Recreation

CARIB - Beach access lost to West Bay Road tunnel

(CNS): The tunnel built by one of Dart’s network of companies on the West Bay Road, which is part of a plan to link Camana Bay to an oceanfront property the developer has acquired along Seven Mile Beach, is at the heart of a controversial legal case regarding beach access rights.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

FL - Waters surrounding Sanibel, Captiva classified as 'impaired'

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s 2020-22 Biennial Assessment Draft classifies the waters in the Pine Island Sound, San Carlos Bay and J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge as “verified impaired” because they exceed nitrogen and chlorophyll a standards designed to support a healthy ecosystem, according to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

International
Recreation

ESP - Social distancing for the 1%: Superyachts grow even more super during COVID-19

alking from Barcelona’s emblematic La Rambla boulevard toward Port Vell, 15 minutes away, the top of the yacht comes into view long before one enters the port. It is colossal, domineering, a study in the intersection of size and luxury.

Caribbean
Recreation

USVI - Boating in the USVI, Part 2: Laws to Create Restricted Areas Offer Inadequate Protection

This is the second in a series of articles exploring the recent resurgence of the recreational boating industry. This part of the series looks at restricted areas.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

TX - Environmentalists sue GLO, Cameron County over SpaceX test launch beach closures

McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) — A group of South Texas environmentalists sued the Texas General Land Office and Cameron County for allowing the repeated closure of Boca Chica Beach, on the border with Mexico, for SpaceX tests.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Oceano Dunes off-roading group files new lawsuit against Coastal Commission

The off-roading advocacy group Friends of Oceano Dunes has filed another lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission for its March vote to ban off-highway vehicle recreation from most of the park by 2024.

Northeast
Recreation

MA - Changing beach access with 'recreation'

Cyr, Fernandes file bills to change Massachusetts’ restrictive beach access laws.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Why Capitola's Women on Waves is More Than Just a Surf Contest

Local event goes international with a focus on inclusion, conservation and community