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FL - Florida must warn the public of sewage-tainted waterfronts | Commentary

The Florida Legislature has had a hard time maneuvering through the politics of clean water to curb pollution and protect our waterways — and public health.

International
Recreation

AU - What is the value of a wave? How changes to our coastline could wipe out surfing’s benefits

Before COVID-19, global surf tourism spending was estimated at up to A$91 billion per year. And since the start of the pandemic, demand for surfing has boomed as people increasingly turn to outdoor activities.

Mid-Atlantic
Recreation

NY - Climate Change And Popularity Dual Threats To Fire Island National Seashore

Visitors ferry to Fire National Seashore to swim, enjoy the beaches, walk in the maritime forest, tour historic buildings, and spend time with family and friends. But 50 years from now, climate change might submerge a good portion of the park.

International
Recreation

AUS - Wave goodbye: the battle to protect Australia's surf breaks

Surfing brings joy to millions and is the lifeblood of many towns. But around the country, the beaches that make it possible are under threat

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Harmful Bacteria from Rivers Flowing into OC Surf Zones

Rivers leading from the mountains to Orange County’s slice of the Pacific bring along bacteria that can pose a threat to surfers and beachgoers.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Sewage Spill Closes Southern California Beaches After Series of Storms

Southern California beaches from Orange to Los Angeles counties were closed over the holiday weekend after up to approximately 7 million gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into the Pacific Ocean.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

FL - New public beach access coming to Walton County

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Walton County commissioners voted Tuesday to approve the purchase of the 400-foot parcel of beachfront land off San Roy Road to the tune of $9.5 million.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Falling boulders close picturesque Table Rock Beach in Laguna Beach

A rockfall that spilled boulders from cliffs high above Table Rock Beach has prompted county officials to close the sands below.

Coastwide
Recreation

World - 11 strange things that washed ashore in 2021

From tangled coral to Amazon river monsters, here are some of the strangest things that were carried to the shore this year.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

AL - Alabama county fights misinformation and assumptions about fishing pier purchase

A family-owned fishing pier described as a “welcome mat” to Dauphin Island will be under county ownership by the end of day on Wednesday.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

FL - Can private property keep lifeguards from a beach rescue? Not if Walton officials can help it.

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — An amendment to Walton County's beach activities ordinance that would clear 15 feet of beach at the toe of the dunes for emergency vehicles but would alternatively provide for 15 feet of space for emergency vehicles at the water's edge in some instances, is firmly rooted in the county's ongoing legal battle over customary use of its beaches.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

FL - Solutions hard to come by for Longboat beach access question

As community tries to find a way around seawall issue, property owners propose an easement that would cost the town $880,000 to $1.3 million a year.

International
Recreation

India - Surfing in India is taking off, but locals are staring down a tidal wave of plastic pollution

When Tushar Pathiyan and Ishita Malaviya moved to Manipal on India's west coast in the mid-2000s, neither knew their lives were about to take a left turn.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

OR - Brown Waves Return to N. Oregon Coast. Could It Mean Glowing Waves?

(Seaside, Oregon) – More fun, oceanic weirdness is on display on the north Oregon coast – or at least it was until the rains hit.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

FL - Bonfires big businesses? Fees bringing an estimated $650K to Walton code department

SANTA ROSA BEACH — Beach bonfires are a hot commodity for Walton County's Code Compliance Department, the department's director told county commissioners at their Nov. 23 meeting.

Coastwide
Recreation

CA - Oceano Dunes camping reservations canceled, day use may be restricted. Here’s why

California State Parks has canceled hundreds of camping reservations and is prepared to restrict day use at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area due to the king tides expected this weekend.

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.