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Portuguese Man O' War Season Hits South Florida

Feb 12, 2018
David Santiago / Miami Herald

Predatory balloon-like creatures on Florida’s shore declare the arrival of Portuguese man o’ war season and prompt lifeguards to fly purple beach warning flags.

Florida lawmakers want to weigh in on who really has access to the state’s beaches. A bill moving in the statehouse is meant to settle a long-running dispute between private landowners and the public, by handing the issue over to the courts.

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Deerfield Beach is following Miami Beach's lead in prohibiting plastic foam containers, like Styrofoam, on the sand.

Deerfield Beach officials banned polystyrene containers, like coffee cups and coolers, from all city events starting October 1. Even vendors can’t use the material, which isn’t biodegradable and often ends up in the ocean.

Most Miami-Dade County Public Beaches Open Again

Sep 15, 2017
David Santiago / Miami Herald

With the exception of three beaches, Miami-Dade County announced Friday it’s safe to go back into the water.

“Based on a satisfactory microbial water quality test result,” all public beaches are safe to swim in — except Oleta and Cape Florida state parks and the Key Biscayne Beach Club, the county announced just in time for the weekend. Access to get samples had been for a time hampered to the three questionable beaches, it added, noting that for those an answer should be ready on Saturday.

Dozens of beachgoers have been stung by jellyfish along a  Volusia County beach.

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Usually lifeguards on the beach are there to watch over swimmers. But earlier this week, 220 professional lifeguards took over Delray Beach to compete with each other and test their skills as part of the U.S. Lifesaving Association's Southeast Regional Championships. 

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A group in Palm Beach County is pushing for a nude beach, but their efforts have been met with some resistance.

Blue Tubes Help Beachgoers Keep Beaches Clean

Feb 9, 2017

Visiting the beach is a big part of the lifestyle of coastal Florida residents.From time to time, however, our beaches can become littered. It’s something Ft. Pierce resident Ron McCallen says he has noticed.

“Oh yeah, a lot of people leave their stuff behind, but that’s the way it goes. So we do our best we can,” said McCallen, as he mentions they try to pick up the trash they find.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is inviting people to use a hotline to report algal bloom sightings. Florida residents can call in reports to the toll free number at 1-855-305-3903.

This follows a state of emergency in two South Florida counties because of blue-green algae.

There’s also a website: www.reportalgalbloom.com,  where people can report where and when they saw a new algal bloom.

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For many beach-goers, lifeguards only exist inside the tiny towers that dot the beach and in their memories of Baywatch episodes.

So what lifeguards (or ocean rescuers) actually do isn't widely understood.

Here are five misconceptions about lifeguards for you below:

1. This is a summer job for college kids.

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Haulover Beach is known as a place to abandon clothing while having fun in the sun but the nude beach is now extending its welcome to dogs.

The beach is expanding the visiting options for canines from three days a week to seven, an exciting prospect for Pepper and her owner Kelly Newman.

 

Smelly seaweed assaults, blankets Caribbean beaches

Aug 10, 2015
Israel Leal/AP Photo

If you were planning on going on vacation to the Caribbean, maybe you should check first. Are those beaches still stinky and covered in rotting seaweed?

The algae is part of a family called Sargassum and it is carpeting beaches in tourist hot spots like the Dominican Republic, Barbados and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

The algae can form a pile up to 6- to 10-feet-high on some beaches, making Caribbean countries worried (sniff!) as tourism grows toward the end of the year.

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Miami Beach officials are replacing their collection of 29 lifeguard stands.  In their place next year will be bright, whimsical designs by local architect William Lane.

Lane says the new designs will be inspired by six iconic stands he created in the '90s.

"There was a round one, a pink one over on Eighth Street and that one is being rebuilt. It was sort of Jetsonian," he says.

That’s right, it was inspired by the '60s cartoon -- The Jetsons.

Summer is a great time to take a break from some of the stressors in our lives. For many of us, that stress is brought on by too much screen time and the pressure to stay connected.

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