beaches http://wlrn.org en Five Misconceptions About South Florida Lifeguards http://wlrn.org/post/five-misconceptions-about-south-florida-lifeguards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For many beach-goers, lifeguards only exist inside the tiny towers that dot the beach and in their memories of </span>Baywatch<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> episodes. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So what lifeguards (or ocean rescuers) actually do isn't widely understood.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p>Here are five misconceptions about lifeguards for you below:</p><p><strong>1. This is a summer job for college kids.</strong></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:59:20 +0000 Wilson Sayre 34922 at http://wlrn.org Five Misconceptions About South Florida Lifeguards Research Shows Black Kids at a Higher Risk of Drowning http://wlrn.org/post/research-shows-black-kids-higher-risk-drowning <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida has the highest rate of drowning in the country and for those younger than 4, water is the No. 1 killer aside from birth defects. But the danger is not spread equally among all children.</span></p><p>Overall, black kids drown at a much higher rate than other children. But among the youngest group of kids — younger than school age — whites and Hispanics fare worse. It’s around the 4 or 5 years old when those tides turn and black kids drown at about three times the rate of other children.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:28:09 +0000 Wilson Sayre 34193 at http://wlrn.org Research Shows Black Kids at a Higher Risk of Drowning Help Miami-Dade Find New Sources Of Sand http://wlrn.org/post/help-miami-dade-find-new-sources-sand <p>Miami-Dade County needs new sources of sand for its beaches.</p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers says Miami-Dade is running out of offshore supplies and the county is looking for new places to harvest sand.</p><p>The corps is holding public meetings every day this week starting in Miami Beach this evening. Meetings will be held in Palm Beach and Broward counties Tuesday and Thursday. &nbsp;</p><p>The corps is already considering a couple of different places Miami-Dade can get more sand from such as upland sources and federal and state waters in Southeast Florida.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 18917 at http://wlrn.org Help Miami-Dade Find New Sources Of Sand Hager's Bill Could Ban Smoking At The Beach http://wlrn.org/post/hagers-bill-could-ban-smoking-beach <p></p><p>A determined Palm Beach County teenager is gaining ground on a big goal -- stopping people from smoking at Florida's beaches and public parks.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:01:00 +0000 Rick Stone 8491 at http://wlrn.org Hager's Bill Could Ban Smoking At The Beach