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Couple spending time together on the beach of Andaman Nicobar Islands
Couple spending time together on the lonely beach of Andaman Nicobar Islands. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea,…

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Visitors walking on the beach of Andaman Nicobar Islands
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Exploring the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Exploring the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Log lying on the beach of Andaman Islands and waves lapping upon the shores of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are…

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Some local beaches set to open
Like last year, there will be an $8 rate to enter Narragansett Town Beach and a $15 fee for the parking lot.

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A Variety of Philippine Beaches – Experience A Great Beach Vacation
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By Gabe Gutierrez

Memorial Day Weekend was the unofficial start of summer. The beaches were jam-packed, as last winters polar vortex has become a distant memory. But Floridas Volusia County has been hit with a wave of trouble.

Monday, there were more than 120 water rescues, mostly due to dangerous rip currents. On Sunday, lifeguards rescued about 100 swimmers from rough waters. Red flags dotted the sands in Daytona Beach, Florida, warning swimmers of possible danger.

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I had a panic attack. My heart almost stopped beating, and thats why I have to leave the beach right now, said Teresa Lattimore, a mother whose 10-year-old son was among those caught in the potentially deadly currents.

Rip currents are powerful channels of fast-moving water. Theyre caused by shifting sands that can move at speeds of up to 8 feet per second. Lifeguards say your best bet against them is to swim parallel to the shore.

In total, Florida lifeguards rescued 220 people this holiday weekend, more than they usually rescue in two full weeks.

First published May 26 2014, 2:52 PM

Gabe Gutierrez is an NBC News correspondent based in Atlanta, Ga. He joined the network in March 2012, and reports for all platforms of NBC News, including “TODAY,” “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” MSNBC, NBCLatino.com, and NBCNews.com, as well as Telemundo.

Gutierrez came to NBC News from KHOU 11 News in Houston, Texas, where he worked as the station’s City Hall reporter. Prior to working in Houston, Gabe was a weekend morning anchor and reporter at WJRT-TV, the ABC station in Flint, Mich. While at WJRT, he regularly produced and hosted the station’s public affairs program in addition to covering the state legislature and the auto industry. His first on-air job was at WBOY-TV, the NBC affiliate in Clarksburg, West Virginia, where he anchored weekend newscasts and reported during the week. While in college, Gutierrez interned at Telemundo in South Florida and at ABC News’ satellite feed in Chicago.

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NBC 5's Anthony Ponce: Chicago Beaches Open!
NBC Chicago Reporter Anthony Ponce is reporting live from North Avenue Beach about the Chicago Beaches that are opening right before summer!!! Also, beach reminders are being shown (5/23/14).

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Driving between the Cool surf Beaches in West Algarve Portugal
Senic Route between Ingrina Beach and Zavial Surf Beach and Resturant.

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May 22, 2014 – Frontier League (FL) Florence Freedom (Florence, KY) – The Florence Freedom (4-2) got some good pitching performances but the offense scored only a combined four runs and the defense made a combined three errors as the Freedom were swept by the Traverse City Beach Bums (3-3) in a double header Thursday by scores of 5-3 and 3-1.

Game one of the twin bill picked up where Wednesday’s game left off, in the bottom of the third with the Freedom up 1-0. Traverse City was able to tie the game in the fifth thanks to a RBI double from Jake Rhodes to score Sean Gusrang, who had walked against Adam Krebs.

But Florence looked like they might just pull game one of the twin bill out as they re-took the lead in the seventh on a Sam Eberle RBI double to score Joe Staley.

Traverse City would answer right away in the eighth inning as reliever Pete Levit hit a batter and walked a batter to start the inning. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners over and a RBI grounder from Jeff DeBlieux tied the game. Jose Vargas would give the Beach Bums the lead with a RBI single.

Florence refused to back down in the back and forth affair. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Nick Stein drew a walk. He stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Stein would score on another wild pitch to tie the game. Jacob Tanis singled but was picked off to end the inning.

Unfortunately for Florence, their defense let them down in the ninth. Daniel DeSimone (2-1) gave up a double to Sean Gusrang. Rob Benedict reached on an error by Niko Gallego, putting runners at the corners with one away. Chris Cowell drew a walk and that was it for DeSimone. Edgar Valle entered the game and struck out Taylor Wrenn for out number two. But Scott Woodward delivered the big blow, a two-RBI single to give the Beach Bums a 5-3 lead for good. Both runs were unearned due to the Gallego error.

Game two of the double header saw the Freedom only manage one run despite multiple opportunities. A Vargas single scored Shaun Cooper to get the scoring started right away for the Beach Bums in the first against Dave Middendorf (1-1).

The Freedom had Traverse City starter Alex Gillingham (1-1) on the ropes all game. In the first they hit back-to-back to singles. But a double play killed the momentum. Joe Staley even drew a walk after the double play but they still came up empty handed. In the second inning Clark Murphy and Nick Stein walked to start the frame. But a strikeout and another double play ended the frame. Then the Freedom left the bases loaded in the third when Murphy struck out.

They finally broke through in the fourth inning as Stein singled and scored on a two-out single from Cole Miles to tie the game at one.

Staley drew a one-out walk in the fifth but the Beach Bums turned their third double play of the game to end the inning.

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May 232014

San Diego County beaches earned high marks on Heal the Bays 24th annual beach report card, but the environmental organization cautioned that stormwater flows to the countys beaches still pose health problems.

For nearly a quarter century, Heal the Bay has been analyzing and grading West Coast beaches based on levels of bacterial pollution in the water. The report is widely recognized as the definitive source for beach water quality along California, Oregon and Washington.

For the period from April 2013 through March 2014, nearly 99% of beaches in San Diego County received top marks in the summer dry season, with 73 of 74 beaches sampled receiving A or A+ grades, the report concluded. Thats the second year in a row the county has scored 99 percent for that period. During winter dry weather, 98 percent of San Diego beaches earned A grades.

Grades of A or B represent generally safe beaches. But beaches marked C or lower present in increased risk of illnesses such as rashes, stomach ailments or ear infections.

Seven San Diego beaches made the reports honor roll with perfect scores of A+ for all weather conditions. Those included Saint Malo Beach in Oceanside; Carlsbads beaches at Cerezo Drive, Encina Creek, Ponto Drive and Poinsettia lane; Windansea Beach at Playa del Norte, and the Point Loma Lighthouse.

And this year, no San Diego beaches made the beach bummer list of shorelines with the poorest dry weather water quality.

The catch, however, is that the pristine beach conditions are due largely to long dry periods this year. The ongoing drought that has left the region thirsting for rainfall has also reduced stormwater flows that carry pollution to sea.

If you can call it a silver lining that comes with the drought, it would be beach water quality, said Heal the Bay beach report card manager James Alamillo. If theres no rain, theres no runoff, and there is in essence great water quality.

During wet weather, however, just over one in five San Diego beaches earned grades of C, D, or F, the report noted.

The dog beach at Ocean Beach earned an A or higher for water quality during all of the past year, according to the latest Beach Report Card from the group Heal the Bay. / photo by Hayne Palmour IV * U-T San Diego

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There might be one upside to the drought, and it’s just in time for the holiday weekend.

Bay Area beaches are cleaner and healthier than ever, because so little rain has washed dangerous bacteria and other pathogens into San Francisco Bay and the Pacific coastline, according to a report released Thursday by Heal the Bay.

“Dry weather has meant less urban runoff. This is all great heading into Memorial Day weekend, but we shouldn’t have a false sense of security,” said Amanda Griesbach, a water-quality scientist for the Santa Monica environmental group. “Next year, especially if we have an El Nio cycle, things could be very different.”

Heal the Bay’s 24th annual survey of 650 West Coast beaches showed some of the highest-ever grades for cleanliness, with 95 percent of California’s beaches receiving “excellent” or “good” marks.

The group looked at the amounts of harmful bacteria from sewage leaks, pollution runoff and industry – pathogens that are flushed into creeks and storm drains and ultimately onto the beaches.

When people or wildlife come into contact with the bacteria, they’re likely to suffer from gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, skin rashes, or eye, ear or lung infections.

In San Francisco, the beaches with the highest grades – an A or A+ – include Aquatic Park Beach at the Hyde Street Pier, Ocean Beach at Balboa Avenue, and Baker Beach.

Most Marin and East Bay beaches also received high scores.

The Peninsula saw some challenges. Marina Lagoon in San Mateo is a perpetual low scorer, and 2013-14 was no exception. In fact, it ranked as the second-worst beach in the state, largely because it’s enclosed and shallow and the water tends to stagnate.

Pillar Point near Half Moon Bay also received poor grades, and was singled out as a “beach bummer.”

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SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) Los Angeles County beaches lead the state in poor water quality, according to Heal the Bays 24th annual Beach Report Card.

The report, which was released Thursday, found one in 10 county beaches received a grade of C or worse for pollution for April thought October of 2013.

Three Los Angeles County beaches Mothers Beach in Marina del Rey, Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro and the beach at the Santa Monica Pier earned spots on Heal the Bays Beach Bummer List of the most polluted beaches in the state.

Eight LA County beaches, however, placed on Heal the Bays Honor Roll, signifying beaches that scored A+ grades.

In Orange County, 12 beaches landed on the Honor Roll.

Overall, 90 percent of LA County beaches received either A or B grades during the summer of 2013.

This was the third year in a row of very low rainfall in Southern California and as a result its beaches experienced less urban runoff, which likely led to the improvement of overall grades, the report said.

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Incredible Indian Beaches – Odisha, Puri Beach
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Beautiful Beaches in Thailand – Maya Bay, 'The Beach' on Ko Phi Phi Leh
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Cocoa Beach area named one of top restored U.S. beaches
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Dogs arent usually associated with clean beaches.

But new research has recognized border collies for their ability to chase off gulls that foul beach water and sand with their droppings.

The experiment was launched two years ago by researchers at Central Michigan University who were asked by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to find new ways to control a surging population of gulls that gather on the shores of the Great Lakes.

Not only do the birds swoop down to snatch sandwiches from picnickers and annoy beach-goers, they also poop right where people swim. That makes them a major source of E. coli, bacteria health officials test for as an indicator of pathogens that can make swimmers sick. When elevated levels are detected, authorities post warnings or close beaches.

Elizabeth Alm, a microbiologist at Central Michigan University who led the research, said a review of the literature on the subject found a variety of bird-exclusion techniques using wires, strobe lights, lasers and pyrotechnics — but few that would be suitable for a public beach.

Enter the border collie.

She and other researchers at the university were familiar with the breeds reputation for intelligence, agility and hard work. So they decided to audition them. Could they use their keen herding abilities and intense gazes toscare off the offending gulls and lower bacteria levels at the beach?

To find out, the researchers leased two trained border collies that had previously been used by the U.S. Air Force to keep geese off runways.

During the summers of 2012 and 2013, scientists assigned each dog to patrol a stretch of public beach on Lake Michigan, leaving two other nearby sections of beach dog-free as a control.

The researchers counted gulls and measured bacteria levels to conclude that border collies were highly effective at warding off gulls from beaches. Samples showed the beaches patrolled by a border collie had significantly lower counts of bacteria than those without dogs.

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May 182014

As the Queen of Nanaimo chugged into Georgia Strait, the sun sparkled on the waves, fishing boats trolled the waters, a powerful tug pulled a barge on a long line and sailboats floated like butterflies.

Soon we were in the Gulf Islands archipelago, a maze of more than 220 rocky masses ranging from small, deathly-dangerous-when-foggy reefs to large isles. Only Salt Spring, Pender, Mayne, Galiano and Saturna islands receive service from B.C. Ferries.

At Galiano Island a few cars clunked off the ferry and a few thumped on. Gulls soared and black cormorants dried their outstretched wings on the mooring posts like preachers blessing their flock.

We entered Active Pass and watched our ferry make sharp turns in the narrow, twisting channel that separates Galiano and Mayne islands. Fishing boats bobbed in the pass, seeking the herring and salmon that are attracted by the turbulent tidal currents.

At Pender Island, my wife and I drove off the ferry. Day after sunny day followed, for the Gulf Islands lie in the rain shadow of the Olympic mountains and have a warm Mediterranean climate. Staying at a cabin for a week, we discovered the islands have three very different personalities: the sea, the forest and bucolic farmland.

In the forest we felt tiny amongst the enormous Douglas firs and western cedars all standing ramrod straight. Surrounded by delicate ferns, sombre light, towering trees and bright green moss clinging to logs and rocks, it felt primordial. We walked close together expecting a raptor or other Mesozoic beast to suddenly burst through the foliage.

One day we went kayaking to Portland Island, part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, which sprawls over 15 islands and numerous islets. On the shore an oyster catcher and a long-legged blue heron patrolled the beach for dinner. The tour leader found a large red crab hiding inside a soft moon-snail shell.

Purple starfish were attached like glue to rocks. We passed sandstone cliffs sculpted by wind and sea into delicate lacework whorls of beige and yellow. A regal eagle sat high in a fir tree. Thirty seals basked on a small islet, their watery, large eyes nervously watching our progress.

Our next exploration was to neighbouring Salt Spring Island, the largest and most populated of the islands and a Mecca for artists and authors. Ganges, the main town,

is full of artisan shops, cafes and restaurants serving fresh seafood. That afternoon we hiked a seaside trail and watched ferries float regally past; then we tippled at one of the three island wineries. The highlight was the Saturday market, which was abuzz with pottery, paintings, carvings, sculptures, stained glass and other products of the human mind and hand.

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The Massachusetts Public Health Council unanimously approvedless stringent water quality testing procedures for beaches on Wednesday. The rule change could result in fewer Marthas Vineyard beaches being closed for fewer days than in recent summers. Under the new rules, with some exceptions,beaches would be closed to swimming only if the water fails to meet the states single sample water quality standards on two consecutive days, as opposed to the past standard of one day.

Over the past several summers, local board of health officials were required to close several popular Island beaches as a result of only one failed sample. The water quality samples have puzzled and frustrated local town officials and health agents, who have had to post no swimming signs, sometimes on the hottest days of the year.

For example, on July 7, 2011 West Tisbury closed four heavily used beaches to swimming Lamberts Cove Beach on Vineyard Sound, Uncle Seths Pond off Lamberts Cove Road, Long Cove Pond, and Tisbury Great Pond beach, part of The Trustees of Reservations Long Point property on the south shore. The beaches were reopened the next day.

There has been a lot of concern raised, not just here in Massachusetts, about the lack of an adequate test that provides timely results, said Suzanne Condon, director of the Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH). Weve been looking at the data, and listening to concerns, and wanted to figure out if there was a different way we could approach this to insure we are protecting public health.

Ms. Condon said the data collected over the past 13 years showed that most water quality test results that failed state standards were attributed to short-term environmental events, like heavy rainfall. She said that only .02 percent of all the beaches tested ever failed two days in a row.

By the time we learned a beach had a problem, by the time we got that test result, beaches were kept closed when in fact, they should have been open, she said. Based on the data we have evaluated, we have a very good picture of which beaches present a public health problem.

Out with the old

Local health agents routinely test 40 selected sites on Marthas Vineyard.The agents collect the samples, according to precise guidelines issued by BEH. The guidelines cover the depth, distance from shore, ocean current, and sterile equipment. The guidelines also control the time and temperature of the samples as the bottles are transported to a lab.

The samples are tested for enterococci bacteria. While not usually harmful, enterococci signal the presence of other bacteria that are harmful, and the test is considered the most reliable indicator that the water poses a public health threat, usually from untreated sewage that gets into the water.

Under the old process, it took about 24 hours for the bacteria to grow in a controlled test, before a lab technician can count the bacteria colonies and report any problems to local health agents. If there is an exceedance in the single sample water quality standard, local authorities were required to post no swimming signs on the beach. Usually, if there was an exceedance, health agents collected another sample as soon as possible, so that it could be tested. The beaches had to stay closed until a new test showed that the single sample fell below the standard of 104 colony-forming units of enterococci per 100 milliliters (cfu/100ml). The water also had to meet a geometric mean standard before the beaches could reopen. The geometric mean measurement is based on the five most recent test results, and it computes trends in water quality over time. The state requires that beaches be closed to swimming if the geometric mean rises above 35 cfu/100 ml.

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