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  • Rare Natural Snowballs Cover Siberian Beach

    11/07/2016 2:50:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    UPI ^ | Nov. 7
    Residents of a Siberian town documented their encounter with a rare phenomenon -- hundreds of naturally formed snowballs covering a beach. The snowballs, ranging from about the size of a tennis ball to nearly 3 feet across, were created by wind and water rolling tiny pieces of ice into balls in the Gulf of Ob, in the Arctic Circle village of Nyda. Residents said they have never seen anything like the snowballs in the gulf. "As a rule, first there is a primary natural phenomenon -- sludge ice, slob ice. Then comes a combination of the effects of the wind,...
  • Los Angeles beaches reopen after syringes, condoms cleaned up

    09/27/2015 8:37:22 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 27, 2015
    The second of two Los Angeles beaches closed after hypodermic needles, condoms and tampon applicators washed ashore has reopened. [Snip] Excessive bacteria levels were also found in the water. Sanitation District spokeswoman Tonya Durrell said crews collected at least 200 pounds of waste from the beaches.
  • ISIS Supporter Accused of Planning Nail Bomb Attack on Florida Beach

    08/04/2015 6:41:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 8/4/15 | John Haward
    The FBI on Monday announced terrorism charges against 23-year-old Harlem Suarez of Key West, Florida, who portrayed himself online as a member of ISIS and allegedly wanted to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.Toward this end, law enforcement says Suarez thought he was purchasing an operational backpack bomb for deployment in Florida, but it was actually a dud sold to him by FBI operatives. He was also allegedly trying to get his hands on an AK-47 rifle.According to NBC News, Suarez told informants of a plan to pack the bomb with nails, bury it on the beach, and...
  • Homeland Security Cmte: ‘More U.S.-Based Jihadist Terror Cases in 2015 Than in Any Full...

    09/04/2015 5:50:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/4/15 | Michael W Chapman
    The “Terror Threat Snapshot” for August 2015, released by the majority staff of the House Homeland Security Committee, states the terror threat level in America is high and “getting steadily worse,” and that there have been “more U.S.-based jihadist terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11.”The “Terror Threat Snapshot” also reported that the Islamic State “is fueling the Islamist terror” globally; that Islamist terrorists “are intent on killing law enforcement” officers and U.S. troops, as well as civilians; and that 25,000 fighters from 100 countries have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State.In...
  • 1,000's of starfish wash ashore on SC island

    02/10/2015 8:34:49 PM PST · by Mozilla · 27 replies
    Wbtw ^ | 1/10/15 | staff
    SLE OF PALMS, SC - Thousands of starfish washed up on the beach at Isle of Palms over the weekend. And it turns out, this happens a few times each winter on Lowcountry beaches. Usually, strong off-shore winds push them onto the shore at high tide and they're stuck until the tide comes back in. Over the weekend, wind gusts were coming in stronger than 20 miles an hour. Monday Night, we spoke with Mel Bell, the fisheries management director for the Department of Natural Resources who said this is pretty normal. Bell said the last time this happened was...
  • Hundreds of squid wash onto Santa Cruz area beaches

    12/10/2012 3:32:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 12/10/12 | Cathy Kelly -
    APTOS -- California Department of Fish & Game scientists are investigating why hundreds of dead squid washed up on Aptos-area beaches roughly from Rio Del Mar to Pleasure Point on Sunday. Many of the squid remained on the sand at Rio del Mar State Beach on Monday, and a sea of seagulls gorged themselves. State Parks officials said they were just advised of the issue Monday and that their resource specialists had just started looking into it. Fish & Game promised a statement later Monday. In late October, about 100 squid beached themselves in Pacific Grove, the Monterey Herald reported....
  • The 10 Best Party Beaches Around The World

    08/15/2012 5:14:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/15/2012 | Jennifer Polland
    <p>There are beaches for everyone, from gentle family-friendly coves to isolated hideaways perfect for romance. But there's something undeniably awesome about partying at the beach.</p> <p>The editors at compiled a list of the top 10 beaches for partying around the world.</p>
  • Swim at your own risk: America's dirtiest beaches revealed in shocking new study

    06/30/2012 3:36:46 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 29, 2012 | Snejana Farberov
    With the summer in full swing and temperatures rising into the mid-90s, it may seem like a great idea to take a cool dip in the ocean, but according to a new report, some beach-goers may be getting more than they bargained for. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a non-profit environmental group, published on Wednesday its 22nd annual report which showed that storm water runoff and sewage pollution continue to spoil many of America's shores. The study titled ‘Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches’ examined the results of water testing data at more than...
  • Play ball! Football, Frisbee allowed on LA beaches

    02/10/2012 1:47:07 AM PST · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    Sacbee ^ | February 9, 2012 | By SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER
    LOS ANGELES -- A top county official held a news conference Thursday night to set the record straight on an issue of paramount importance to Los Angeles: beach football. Pigskin chucking, Frisbee hurling and all manner of ball play are OK on Los Angeles beaches, as long as people play safely, said county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. An exasperated Yaroslavsky said he was forced to call the news conference after a media misfire earlier this week prompted a flood of calls and emails to his office, with one complaint from as far away as London. "Nobody is going to get fined...
  • NYC Council Bans Smoking In Parks, Beaches

    02/02/2011 4:12:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies ^ | 2/2/11 | CBS
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Smokers have just one message to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council members: butt out of our business. “We’re outside. We should have freedom to smoke,” City Hall Park smoker Harvey Forbes told CBS 2’s Magee Hickey. By a vote of 36 to 11 on Wednesday the City Council approved a bill to ban smoking in all city parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas. “People who have made the decision not to smoke have civil liberties too and their health and their lives should not be negatively impacted because other people have decided to smoke,” Council Speaker...
  • City Council Readies New Smoking Ban

    02/02/2011 1:29:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 2, 2011 | Michael Howard Saul
    Attention Times Square denizens and those out for a stroll in Central Park: It will soon be time to put out your smokes — forever. The New York City Council is slated Wednesday afternoon to approve a ban on smoking in parks, beaches, marinas, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas like Times Square. The legislation marks the most ambitious expansion of the city’s antismoking laws since Mayor Michael Bloomberg convinced the city lawmakers to approve a ban on smoking in indoor workplaces and park playgrounds in 2003. “When this legislation is passed, all New Yorkers will be able to enjoy a walk...
  • Beachgoers under siege?

    07/17/2010 5:18:16 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 3 replies ^ | 07/17/2010 | Staff
    STATE COLLEGE, PA-- First, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico washed tar balls upon white sandy beaches, then stingrays stung several people in Southern California and now sharks are showing up along beaches in New Jersey -- are beach bums under attack? Shark sightings closed New Jersey beaches several times this week amid the issuance of the first-ever Coast Guard shark warning for Northeast waters from New Jersey to Maine. Warmer-than-normal temperatures along the southern New Jersey coasts by an increase of as much as 3 degrees from last year may have incited sharks to begin their migration...
  • Frustration Along Fla. Beaches Over Slow Oil Cleanup ( Regulations prevent BP workers )

    07/13/2010 6:06:48 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies · 1+ views
    NAVARRE, Fla. -- British Petroleum says its latest fix is working to stop the oil leak, but it doesn't look like it. More oil is spewing out and more tar balls are washing ashore on Florida beaches. Now, people are frustrated crews are standing around instead of cleaning them up. Crews are working for only five minutes at a time to clean up the tar balls, because it's so hot to work on the beach. They have to follow federal rules and take lots of breaks.
  • Oil Lurks Beneath The Sand

    06/24/2010 6:08:49 PM PDT · by scottfactor · 19 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 06/24/2010 | Ben Montgomery
    PENSACOLA BEACH — The sugar-sand beach here appeared cleaner Thursday, after workers picked up tar balls overnight with shovels and nets. By noon they had collected 44,955 pounds of tar balls and oil material, according to the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center. But a University of South Florida geologist made a grim discovery Thursday morning, 24 hours after the worst oil onslaught in Florida so far. Ping Wang, 43, who has studied beaches for 20 years, dug a narrow trench perpendicular to the shoreline, about a foot deep and five feet long. A dark, contiguous vein of oil ran horizontally...
  • Alabama beaches filled with waves of oil

    06/12/2010 6:47:34 PM PDT · by boycott · 45 replies · 1,542+ views
    Mobile-Press Register ^ | 06-12-2010 | unknown
    GULF SHORES, Ala. -- Thousands of people lined Gulf Shores beaches this afternoon, but almost none dared even put a toe in the water. In some sections, large pools of black oil sat on the shoreline. As far east or west as the eye could see, oil stained the white sands. Small groups of workers took turns for hours shoveling clumps of the oil into black plastic bags. But as quickly as they dug, the oil washed ashore -- in sheets, in globs, with each successive, dark wave. Occasionally, a group of beachgoers would rise from their towels and stand...
  • U.S. Beaches That The Oil Spill May Ruin Forever

    06/10/2010 9:57:00 AM PDT · by blam · 58 replies · 306+ views
  • Great White Shark Tracked To Fla.

    01/21/2010 7:01:33 AM PST · by greatdefender · 22 replies · 858+ views
    WESH 2 Orlando ^ | January 21, 2010
    BOSTON -- Massachusetts marine biologists said one of the great white sharks tagged with electronic tracking equipment last summer off Cape Cod has traveled as far as north Florida. The great white was one of five sharks tagged by harpoon in September near Chatham by Division of Marine Fisheries biologists. Officials said it was the first successful tagging of great whites in the Atlantic using electronic satellite technology. Officials said Wednesday that the tag popped off the shark on Friday and began transmitting data by satellite. Scientists expect tags on the other sharks to surface and begin sending data later...
  • Geology Pictures of the Week, Dec. 6-12, 2009: A nice collection from Panoramio

    12/09/2009 9:11:32 PM PST · by cogitator · 14 replies · 749+ views
    Panoramio collection ^ | Jeff Sullivan
    While looking for something else, I stumbled across this guy's Panoramio collection. So I provide a sampling. He's got 17 pages worth, pretty good. He does some HDR (high dynamic range) -- I think I included one of those. Enjoy. (Click 'em for full-size.)
  • June 6, 1944: A Day That Great Men Changed The Future

    06/06/2009 2:37:31 PM PDT · by Michael Eden · 18 replies · 1,397+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | June 6, 2009 | Michael Eden
    It was the time of the Final Solution. It was the time of Hitler, Stalin, Tojo and Mussolini. It was the time when tyranny and totalitarianism, and a form of government determined to dominate every aspect of the human spirit, threatened the world. And all who stood against the conquest of the human spirit were the fighting men of the Allied Forces. June 6, 1944 was a day that great men changed the future. It was the day that American, British, and Canadian fighting men began to pry the claws of Adolf Hitler off of Europe, one finger at a...

    09/18/2008 2:04:54 PM PDT · by mick · 15 replies · 198+ views
    The Tico Times ^ | September 18,2008 | By Leland Baxter-Neal
    Beaches Not for Germ-a-Phobes By Leland Baxter-Neal Tico Times Staff | Some of the Pacific coast's most popular beaches are dangerously polluted with sewage runoff, according to a broad study by the Costa Rican Water and Sewer Institute (AyA). Water samples taken Aug. 13 show the beaches of Playas del Coco, Playa Tambor and Jacó are hazardous to human health as a result of elevated levels of fecal matter in the ocean.
  • Britons party on in Dubai despite arrest of woman for alleged sex on the beach

    07/17/2008 4:40:45 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies · 3,390+ views
    The London Telegraph ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2008 | Colin Freeman
    British expatraites in Dubai continued to party away this weekend - despite last week's stern reminder from the kingdom's rulers that Sex on the Beach should remain restricted to the cocktail menu. A week after the arrest of British saleswoman Michelle Palmer for an alleged drunken tryste on the shores of the Persian Gulf, fellow expats appeared to have lost little enthusiasm for the work-hard, play-hard lifestyle for which the Emirate has become famous. In the Double Decker, a packed London bus-themed pub near the soaring tower of the seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel, Simone Dobson nursed a vodka and...
  • 25 perfect summer cover-ups for every budget (Stylish Beach Wear for Women)

    06/24/2008 8:25:08 AM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 21 replies · 6,891+ views
    The Fashion Time Magazine ^ | Jun 24, 2008 | The Fashion Time Magazine
    Sweet beach cover-ups are always in fashion. From sheer ikat-print tunics and caftans, to sarongs and pareo, cover-ups are the perfect versatile vacation piece. The Fashion Time Magazine Editors present the season’s must have cover-ups for every budget.
  • (San Diego) Council Votes In Favor Of Beach Alcohol Ban

    11/05/2007 6:49:06 PM PST · by newzjunkey · 29 replies · 312+ views
    10News ^ | 6:26 pm PST November 5, 2007 | 10News
    The San Diego City Council Monday voted to ban alcohol from all its beaches as part of a one-year pilot program, 10News reported. The decision affects beaches in La Jolla, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach and Point Loma. Alcohol will be banned 24 hours a day beginning Jan. 2008. The vote was 5-to-2 in favor of the ban... Talk of a ban was initially prompted by councilman Kevin Faulconer after an alcohol-fueled brawl on Labor Day resulted in 16 arrests. The city council was considering four different proposals but said they felt the brawl was a wake-up call for...
  • Spanish beaches invaded by jellyfish

    06/09/2007 5:15:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 493+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/9/07 | Daniel Woolls - ap
    MADRID, Spain - What do tourists and jellyfish have in common? They both love warm water and proliferate along Spanish beaches in the summer. And that's bad news for Spain, the world's top tourist destination after France. On Friday, the government approved a plan to create an armada of recreational boaters to spot the stinging blobs and summon help. "The important thing is that anybody who comes to the beaches here in Spain should know that a serious plan is under way to keep this from being a problem," said Josep-Maria Gili, the biologist coordinating the project. Spain's Mediterranean waters...
  • Dig New Jersey Beaches? Better Know The Rules

    05/26/2007 5:27:16 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 51 replies · 847+ views
    AP via WRAL ^ | May 26, 2007 | WAYNE PARRY
    Welcome to the Jersey Shore! Have a great time, but please don't dig too deeply in the sand in Surf City (you could get blown up), feed the seagulls in Ocean City (you could catch a disease), or draw dirty pictures in the sand in Belmar (it's rude). snip... "I used to take pictures of signs at the entrance to beaches that had long lists of all the things you couldn't do," said Dery Bennett, head of the American Littoral Society's Sandy Hook chapter. "There was one with a big word `NO' in red letters at the top and all...
  • Freep a Quiz! (What's your beach IQ?)

    04/10/2007 6:41:44 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies · 320+ views ^ | 4-10-07 | Fine Living Magazine
    Are you a beach bum or just stuck in the sand? Anyone can tell a surfboard from a Frisbee, but you need genuine seaside sense to know which beaches are good for sunning, which are good for shells and who invented surfing. Test your knowledge of beaches and beach culture with this quiz to determine if you're a Beach Bum, a Weekend Surfer or a Tourist.
  • Biloxi No Longer Singing The Blues, A Year After Katrina

    12/17/2006 7:17:34 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 40 replies · 1,545+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | December 17, 2006 | Donald D. Groff
    You'll be happy to hear that Biloxi's gaming business not only has made big strides since Hurricane Katrina devastated the coastline, but also that the restored casinos have expanded what they offer, and new properties are on the way. Before the storm that destroyed tens of thousands of gulf-area homes, Biloxi had nine casinos. Today, seven are back in business, including the glitzy Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, which reopened at the end of August, a year after Katrina hit. After the hurricane, the city changed its laws to allow casinos -- previously confined to floating structures at the water's...
  • Betting on Biloxi

    11/21/2006 3:48:40 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 31 replies · 928+ views
    Ft. Worth Star Telegram ^ | November 19, 2006 | JUDY WILEY
    This historic waterfront city was on the verge of becoming the great gambling destination of the South. Then came Hurricane Katrina. Now the Gulf Coast is fighting to get back in the game. BILOXI, Miss. -- Olivia Boglin stood in her yard, staring down at a pile of Sheetrock. Just staring in the Mississippi heat, dabbing the sweat off her forehead with a wadded-up tissue. A block away, a guy was riding a bicycle slow, so the front wheel swerved with each crank of the pedals. The heat, the humidity and the noon hour had everything almost at a standstill....
  • Smoke-free beach idea ignites debate

    09/26/2006 8:32:36 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 66 replies · 1,095+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | September 26, 2006 | Will Vash
    Standing strapped to a boogie board as his children surfed the waves of the Pacific Ocean, Cocoa Beach Mayor Skip Beeler kept looking down at the cool California summer sand sifting between his toes. Something wasn't right. "I started thinking this was so clean, I haven't seen any cigarette butts," Beeler said. "Then I thought if it works there, it can work here." Beeler's efforts to emulate California's example by banning smoking on the beach in his popular seaside town and a recent suggestion by Delray Beach Mayor Jeff Perlman to separate smokers and non-smokers on that city's beach have...
  • Senators Agree To Open Waters To Oil Exploration

    07/13/2006 2:35:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 604+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 13, 2006 | Maya Jackson Randal
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and other senators yesterday announced an agreement on legislation to open more federal waters to oil and natural-gas exploration. With lawmakers under pressure to help ease fuel prices, the agreement was presented as a breakthrough on stalled energy legislation. It would allow drilling in an area of the eastern Gulf of Mexico that is rich in natural gas, and open the way for coastal states to share in royalty revenue that otherwise would go to the federal government. Addressing Florida lawmakers' concerns, the agreement includes a ban on energy development within 125 miles...
  • Clean Water and Oceans

    06/25/2006 9:01:34 AM PDT · by do the dhue · 6 replies · 446+ views
    Though much has been done to clean up our waters, much work remains. Sewer overflows and runoff from farms and city streets threaten the life-sustaining properties of our waters, endanger human health and wildlife, and result in thousands of beach closings each year. NRDC works to continue reductions in industrial water pollution while pressing for effective pollution controls on agriculture, logging and other sources previously exempt from them. We help develop and promote strong federal laws and regulations to address polluted runoff, raw sewage discharges, and factory farm wastes and we sue polluters when they violate the Clean Water Act.
  • San Diego City Council votes to ban smoking on beaches

    06/19/2006 6:46:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 64 replies · 1,077+ views
    Cigarette smoking would be banned at city beaches and parks under a measure tentatively approved Monday by the city council. Sponsors said the measure will reduce litter and allow beachgoers to avoid secondhand smoke. "To me, this is a quality-of-life issue for San Diego," said Councilman Jim Madaffer, a co-sponsor. "This is an issue that is about public health and safety." The council unanimously approved the ban. A second vote is required before the measure becomes law. San Diego, whose miles of beaches are a major tourist draw, joins a handful of other California cities that have similar bans, including...
  • Push for multicultural lifesavers

    01/02/2006 2:13:44 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 3 replies · 289+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 2 January 2006
    THE typical blond, blue-eyed lifesaver is being challenged by a Victorian Government program to get people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds involved in the volunteer service. The campaign, backed by a $3 million grant, has the double aims of promoting racial tolerance and reducing drownings among people from non-English speaking backgrounds. Acting Premier John Thwaites said today the Victorian Government and Life Saving Victoria had begun recruiting "multicultural ambassadors" to spread water safety messages as part of the state's Play it Safe by the Water campaign. The campaign is being delivered in 15 languages as well as English. "We...
  • Battle Over Broad Beach Takes New Turn (Malibu Limo-Liberals in Action)

    06/12/2005 2:24:36 PM PDT · by ambrose · 18 replies · 1,390+ views
    LA Times ^ | 6/9 | Kenneth R. Weiss and Amanda Covarrubias
    The turf battles over Malibu's oceanfront tend to be as predictable as the spring tides as property owners and beachgoers contest for control of the sand. This year, the tussle over what is public and what is private has taken a surprising turn with property owners bringing in heavy equipment to scoop up tons of public beach and pile it onto their property. The battlefront is again Broad Beach, where skip loaders have erected a massive ridge of sand between the ocean and the community of 108 beachfront homes that has been in settlement talks over public access issues with...
  • This is D-Day, or have you forgotten???

    06/06/2005 9:03:32 AM PDT · by webloafer · 2 replies · 244+ views
    Sanity's Bluff Blogspot ^ | 06-06-05 | webloafer
    Guarding Freedoms Nest If you constantly talk about America as if America is to blame for this and that in this world, You Are Not Guarding Freedoms Nest. If you constantly criticize the best efforts of our leaders, You Are Not Guarding Freedoms Nest. If you think only in terms of “What’s in it for me?” You Are Not Guarding Freedoms Nest. If you see someone without freedom and do nothing, You Are Not Guarding Freedoms Nest. If you see an American soldier, sailor or pilot, and don’t salute them in your heart, You Are Not Guarding Freedoms Nest. Real...
  • Animal sacrifice could spark shark attack

    05/12/2005 6:02:35 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 30 replies · 618+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/12/05 | Reuters
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Blood from sheep butchered in a religious ritual at one of South Africa's busiest tourist beaches could tempt sharks toward bathers, an official warned Thursday. A small group called the Healing Oracle has carried out such sacrifices on a beach in the eastern coastal city of Durban, media reported. Its leader Prophet Moses Michael said it was inspired by the Old Testament to help cure sick people. But biologist Sheldon Dudley of the Natal Sharks Board, which aims to reduce attacks on humans, said the blood may attract sharks even though the beach is protected by nets....
  • Topless Sunbathing in California?

    01/28/2005 5:41:55 AM PST · by edcoil · 97 replies · 4,461+ views
    CNSNews Service ^ | 28 Jan 05 | edcoil
    A bill encouraging women and girls to go topless at California beaches and parks could be introduced this week in the California Legislature."
  • On Phuket, disaster's just an inconvenience to rich who gripe about views, bubbly

    12/31/2004 11:22:32 AM PST · by M 91 u2 K · 132 replies · 3,339+ views
    The Daily News ^ | 12/31/04 | RAFAEL D. FRANKEL
    PHUKET, Thailand - While volunteers struggled to collect bodies washing up on the once-pristine beaches of this upscale resort isle, ghoulish tourists rolled out their towels yesterday, doffed their bikini tops and vacationed like nothing had happened. On Patong Beach and Kata Beach - where hundreds died or disappeared four days ago - the smell of suntan lotion wafted from the shore as a new influx of tourists determinedly ignored the carnage around them, frolicking in the surf or reading under umbrellas. An indignant Russian who arrived at the Novotel Phuket Resort on the day after the tsunami loudly complained...
  • Snowy Plovers Soon to Close Oregon Beaches

    05/25/2004 6:09:54 AM PDT · by Mr.Atos · 34 replies · 293+ views
    Oregon State Parks ^ | NA | DepartMent Administration
    Oregon’s beaches are for everyone. Those lucky enough to live here point to them with pride. We tell the story of how forward-thinking Oregonians have kept the beaches in public hands, safe from private ownership and development. That took planning, debate and consensus. We need those same skills now that we're faced with a challenge: protecting the western snowy plover (a threatened bird covered by state and federal Endangered Species laws) and allowing people to continue to use the beach. Snowy plovers and beach recreation For nearly two years, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has been collecting information, holding...
  • Beaches of 'Bloody Tarawa' littered with rotting trash piles

    05/16/2004 12:22:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 266+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/16/04 | Charles J. Handley - AP
    TARAWA, Kiribati (AP) - On the beach at "Bloody Tarawa," where U.S. Marines died by the hundreds, the broken bottles, crushed boxes and plastic bags are now piling up by the millions. Rotting under the equatorial sun, the garbage of an open dump is spreading over a section of World War II's Red Beach, a strip of sand hallowed in American military history. It's a sign of the crisis of solid waste that threatens to overwhelm the tiny atolls of the Pacific, tropical "paradises" whose beauty already is often marred by layers of debris - rubbish with nowhere to go....
  • L.A. to get 13 miles of smoke-free beaches

    04/28/2004 12:39:34 PM PDT · by Just another Joe · 116 replies · 384+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | April28, 2004 | The Associated Press
    Ban to be enforced on sand, pier and at bus stopsSANTA MONICA, Calif. - Los Angeles County is getting 13 miles of smoke-free beaches. (snip) The new law is expected to go into effect sometime in the next six weeks, as is a similar Los Angeles ban. (snip) The bans represent a recent trend among Southern California coastal communities. The mayor and backing council members say the law is needed to protect the environment, reduce beachgoers exposure to second-hand smoke, and keep the beaches clean.The emphasis is mine and not the writers.
  • Richards Applauds New Efforts to Remove Lakefront Smell

    04/28/2004 10:24:29 AM PDT · by Chummy · 9 replies · 201+ views
    The Wheeler Report ^ | April 26, 2004 | State Rep Jon Richards (D - Milwaukee)
    RICHARDS APPLAUDS NEW EFFORTS TO REMOVE LAKEFRONT SMELL MILWAUKEE - Today Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) hailed the approval of a $138,000 State Coastal Management grant for the UWM WATER Institute to study and manage the source of the smell along Milwaukee's beaches. The smell is caused by Cladophora, which is an algae that grows on the lake bottom, breaks off and washes up on beaches and rocks causing a sewage-like smell when it decays. "The smell is disgusting an can be overpowering," Richards said. "The WATER Institute researchers are doing pioneering work in understanding Cladophora. With the Coastal Management grant,...
  • 60th Anniversary Normandy Invasion

    04/20/2004 5:17:47 PM PDT · by Euro-American Scum · 28 replies · 1,903+ views
    Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours ^ | 04/20/2004 | Euro-American Scum
    Just wondered if any other Freepers besides myself were going to France in six weeks to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. This has been in the works for me for over a year, and as a general goal for the last twenty years. Ever since Ronald Reagan spoke at the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in 1984, really. Part of the motivation is that this will undoubtedly be the last such gathering of American veterans who actually participated in the assault. As such, it will be the last occasion to honor this extraordinary group of Americans and...
  • A Few Of FR's Finest....Every Day....09-17-03....Florida~The Sunshine State

    09/17/2003 1:29:11 AM PDT · by dansangel · 347 replies · 2,487+ views
    A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.   Over 100,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic, and the forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world. A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in...

    09/04/2003 12:09:01 PM PDT · by tx4guns · 87 replies · 658+ views ^ | 9/04/03 | John Beatty
    Do you enjoy fishing, surfing, beachcombing, sunbathing, or just long walks on the beach at sunrise or sunset? Are you aware that the beaches of Texas belong to the citizens of Texas? Did you know that there is an ongoing battle, to take away YOUR right to access YOUR property? The "Texas Open Beaches Act" guarantees, the citizens of our great state, open and unrestricted access to all Texas beaches,from "mean low tide" to the "vegetation line." The current fight is over the last 3.2 miles of open beach, at San Luis Pass. By the way, that is the only,...
  • Does a Freeper trip to Normandy, France for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day sound good?

    08/01/2003 3:25:54 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 155 replies · 732+ views
    Stephen Ambrose Tours ^ | 01 AUG 03 | dcbryan1
    Well, I just got my packet of info concerning the 60th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France by Stephen Ambrose Tours, Inc. I was suprised that the tour is a CRUISE! Not only that, I think that the $8,000+ is pretty steep, even for such noble guests and luxuries that you will be treated to no doubt. However, I was wondering if it were possible to get together a group of history buffs/patriots/veterans and maybe go over and make things more fun and less expensive for us. I have never been to Normandy, but I heard it was alot...
  • Mexico beaches: It's all dirty lies

    05/12/2003 10:59:23 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies · 431+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 05/11/2003 | LAURENCE ILIFF
    ACAPULCO, Mexico – At the height of Mexico's spring tourism season, Caletilla beach welcomed throngs of tourists with a reassuring blue and white sign declaring the water free from pollution, despite media reports to the contrary. "Clean Ocean. Certified Beach. The waters of this beach are apt for recreational activities," read the sign, which bore the seals of federal agencies like the environmental and health ministries, along with a city government emblem. The only problem for the thousands of beachgoers splashing in the surf was that the sign was a fake, said federal officials, who began posting warning signs for...
  • California Beach Bums

    04/11/2003 1:09:14 AM PDT · by farmfriend · 6 replies · 199+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 04/08/2003 | Michael DeAlessi
    California Beach Bums By Michael DeAlessi Put two good environmentally smart ideas together - recycling old tires and creating kelp beds, which along with coral reefs are one of the "rainforests of seas" - and what do you get? In California, only litigation and conflict at the hands of the state's own imperious Coastal Commission. California's coastline is one the most gorgeous and dramatic in the world. It is also among the most heavily regulated. The California Coastal Commission controls all 1,150 miles of it. As such, the commission is, as one commentator put, "one of the most powerful and...
  • Birds vs. dune riders

    03/12/2003 11:02:13 AM PST · by farmfriend · 7 replies · 263+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 12, 2003 | Kerri Ginis
    <p>SAN LUIS OBISPO -- The state already limits public access to the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area from March through September to protect the habitat of a small brown-and-white bird.</p> <p>Now it must decide if it will close off even more of the beach that's designated for riding and camping.</p>
  • Guess that whole political thing didn't work out.

    02/09/2003 6:51:01 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 10 replies · 422+ views
    Sunday, February 9th, 2003. | Conservativeman55
    I find it hilarious that Clinton is doing light hearted talk shows and concerts like Larry King, Hollywood Squares, Opening for bands...Its proves that now the Adults are in charge at the White House , and Clinton can go play his little kid games. Sometime between the 2000 elections and the 2002 mid terms elections Americans woke up after an eight year nap. Others were awakened to the deceitfulness of a former President. Right around Sept 11 to be exact. While our real President was comforting the victims, and striking fear in the hearts of our enemies, and confounding the...