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Sea of devotees throng beaches – The Hindu

Over one lakh devotees arrived at the three beaches along Machilipatnams coast in Krishna district on Tuesday morning to take a holy dip on the occasion of Kartika Pournami.

The devotees started arriving at the Manginapudi, Pedapatnam and Hamsaladeevi beaches from across the State on Monday night itself.

A large number of swimmers and a battalion of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed along the beaches to prevent untoward incidents.

Nearly 500 policemen and 60 women police personnel were also posted along the beaches to keep an eye on devotees and dissuade them from wading into deep waters while taking the holy dip.

District authorities deployed 120 swimmers at the Manginapudi beach alone while some swimmers were deployed on the 17 boats that patrolled the area.

At least 50 special bus services are being run between Machilipatnam and the Manginapudi and Pedapatnam beaches while special autorickshaws were provided for physically-challenged devotees and senior citizens.

Krishna Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) M. Sattibabu said that there were no reports of untoward incidents from any of the three beaches that were thrown open to the devotees. Milk has been arranged for children while changing rooms have been provided for the convenience of devotees, Mr. Sattibabu said.

By evening, at least 1.50 lakh devotees are expected to take the holy dip on the Machilipatnam coast.

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Bricks of ‘very pure’ cocaine keep washing up on French beaches – New York Post

It takes a lot to shock on a French beach, where topless sunbathing is the norm.

But giant bricks of cocaine littering the beaches have managed to raise a few eyebrows.

Packages of very pure cocaine and other drugs have been washing up on Frances southwestern shores over the past several weeks, the Guardian reports. The drug parcels wrapped in clear or black plastic and labeled diamante or brillante have been plaguing a 310-mile or so strip of the countrys Atlantic coast, stretching from the regions Loire-Atlantique (which includes Nantes) to Landes (near the Spanish border).

New bundles are appearing daily. So far, about 1,675 pounds of the dangerous substances valued in excess of $66 million have surfaced on French shores. On Sunday alone, 30 pounds of drug packages were found in Pornic, a beach town about an hours drive from Nantes.

French authorities believe the drugs very probably originated in South America, and are investigating the possibility that a drug traffickers boat sank in the ocean.

In the meantime, French police are urging beachgoers not to touch any of the packages, and to report them immediately to the authorities.

Its a very pure product that must not be consumed in this form because there is a very high risk of overdose, Philippe Astruc, a public prosecutor from the French town of Rennes, told France 2. There is absolutely an immediate health risk.

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Needles and other medical supplies just washed up on a California beach – CNN

Lifeguards found a "large amount" of medical supplies around 11:30 a.m. PST along the beach south of the Venice Beach Pier, according to tweets from the Lifeguard Division of the LA Fire Department.

Authorities said on Twitter they did not know where the medical supplies and needles came from. Lifeguards continued to search the beach and will monitor the area "for the safety of public use until the investigation and cleanup are complete," the LA Fire Department said.

Lifeguards said they also alerted other agencies, including the LA County Department of Public Health, US Coast Guard and police.

Venice Beach, west of Los Angeles and just south of Santa Monica, is known for its canals, trendy shops and colorful boardwalk.

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Trump Administration Makes It Easier to Dredge Protected Areas to Restore Beaches – The New York Times

WASHINGTON The Trump administration changed a 25-year-old policy to make it easier for coastal communities to take sand from protected ecosystems to improve their beaches.

The shift makes it cheaper for some of the wealthiest communities in the country to replenish their beachfronts, which are increasingly under threat from more frequent and intense storms, rising seas and other effects of climate change. Critics say that comes at the expense of vulnerable coastal ecosystems.

Undeveloped coastal islands and beaches will now be opened up to sand mining that will imperil birds and other wildlife, destroy important habitat and reduce the protections these places provide against impacts of storms and erosion, said Karen Hyun, vice president for coastal conservation at the National Audubon Society, in a statement.

In 1982, Congress established the Coastal Barrier Resources System, which protects 1.4 million acres of land around the country from development. The Interior Department has long said that the law prohibited using federal money to remove sand from those zones to replenish beaches elsewhere.

In a letter this week to Jeff Van Drew, a New Jersey congressman, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said he had reversed that position. Last month, Representative Van Drew met with the secretary to request the change.

This flawed interpretation of the law has prevented a number of coastal storm damage reduction projects, Secretary Bernhardt wrote this week to Representative Van Drew, who represents communities in Southern New Jersey that stand to benefit from the new policy.

The Trump Administration is committed to protecting our coastlines and utilizing our available resources to restore, enhance or stabilize our beaches consistent with the law Congress wrote, Secretary Bernhardt said in a statement released by Representative Van Drews office this week.

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Late last month, Representative Van Drew was one of two Democrats to vote against opening an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

A spokeswoman for the Interior Department, Melissa Brown, said in a statement that There is absolutely no connection whatsoever between the vote and the letter from Mr. Bernhardt.

The communications director for Representative Van Drew, Mackenzie Lucas, wrote in an email, These things have nothing to do with one another. Noting that Representative Van Drew has long opposed impeachment, the spokesperson wrote, it is absurd to think that the Congressman would trade his vote for some sand.

In his news release this week, Representative Van Drew said Mr. Bernhardts decision proves that we can still come together in a bipartisan fashion and seek common-sense solutions to improve the lives of Americans.

Beyond the threat posed to protected coastal zones, critics said the policy shift would also encourage more property development in beach towns at risk of flooding, or even becoming uninhabitable in the long term, because of climate change.

They say the cost of that development will fall on taxpayers, who fund not just the beach renourishment projects but also the programs required to support those communities, such as federal flood insurance and disaster recovery programs. In many cases, beach nourishment is subsidizing the most vulnerable and exposed property in the United States, said Robert S. Young, director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University.

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Technically, This Is the Most Perfect Stretch of Beach In the World – Thrillist

East Coast of Australia: The Most Beautiful Beaches & Islands to Visit - Thrillist

Theres a pretty well-worn backpacker route that runs from Southeast Asia all the way down to New Zealand. Its spine is the east coast of Australia, from maybe as far north as Darwin to as far south as Adelaide, but definitely from Cairns down to at least Sydney. Theres a reason visitors favor this part of the continent. Perth is gorgeous but geographically isolated; Uluru is finally closed as a tourist attraction, a thing it never should have become in the first place. But that eastern coast is stuffed with back-to-back wonders; many of them famous, others less so. And one in particular that might be the most famous -- whether you know its name or not:

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Whitehaven is famous for a specific and undeniable reason: It has the whitest sand of any beach in the world, composed of 98% pure silica. Ive been there once and, four years later, can still see the afterimage burned into my retinas. Whitehaven is only accessible by boat or seaplane, so this is something youll have to join a tour group for rather than visiting independently. The water is shallow and warm and bright, and you wade through it alongside little lemon shark pups, squinting against a blinding stretch of white in every direction.

Whitehaven is just one part (albeit the most iconic one) of the larger Whitsundays, a collection of 74 remote islands nestled between the coastline and the Great Barrier Reef. If youve ever dreamed of seeing the reef in person, or have a newly burning desire to see it before it becomes a pile of Styrofoam, this is where you should go.

God this was fun. Fraser is another one for which youll need to join a tour, unless you happen to have your own car with serious 4WD. But Fraser Island group tours will place you in such a car and let you all take turns driving, which on my particular trip involved two minor accidents (NOT while I was driving), a medium amount of road rage, and a lot of stress, but the greatest possible amount of fun. Youll drive through shallow water along the beach, camp overnight, cook, drink, float down a river, and negotiate outhouses guarded by plate-sized spiders. Also, dingoes! Dingos live on Fraser Island. I should have led with that. You can see dingos here.

Sunshine Coast is just south of Fraser Island and contains a succession of dreamy beaches and national parks. You can splash into swimming holes hidden in the rainforest of Kondalilla National park; walk barefoot along Sunshine beach; and wander to the edge of the mesmerizing Mooloolaba Spit.

Noosa is one of the towns youll find along the Sunshine Coast. The main beach is a long-time favorite among surfers and a must-see for anyone passing through the region. Noosa National Park is enchanting in its own right, but has the added bonus of being a great place to see some koalas, if youre into that sort of thing.

Continuing our journey down the coast, we next come to Queensland's capitol city, which sits on the Brisbane River. Brisbane is often overlooked by tourists in favor of the more fashionable Sydney and Melbourne, but at the very least you should take a day and stop at Streets Beach -- the only inner-city beach in the country. Also, Brisbane is an excellent location to befriend some more koalas.

Below Brisbane lies the Gold Coast, where youll find long, long stretches of pristine beaches and all the good surfing sports you could ever ask for. Theres an abundance of hikable rainforest here too, but dont leave right away once youve finished getting into nature -- the city is known for its nightlife, too.

Below the Gold Coast we next come to Byron Bay. Lots of stops along this route get deservedly hyped up as surfing spots, but Byron Bay is the full experience -- a town that lives and breathes surf culture. It has all the charm of a (comparatively) smaller town, and yet you still get all the backpacking standbys: cafes, beachside bars, snorkeling, and even scuba diving and whale watching if thats what youre after.MORE: The best scuba diving destinations around the world

One of the most iconic beaches anywhere -- not just Australia, but anywhere in the world. A few miles from downtown Sydney, Bondi is massive. You can surf, you can swim, you can stay on land admiring the suspiciously endless parade of hot people walking past. Make sure to visit during the weekend to browse the beach markets, where you can get your lunch (and souvenirs) from scores of local vendors.

Just inland from Sydney lies Blue Mountains National Park, and first off its important to know that this is a choice destination for spotting kangaroos. But Blue Mountains National Park is worth visiting largely because it looks like something out of Avatar. Its also home to an adventure theme park where you can ride the worlds steepest passenger railway, or walk along a skyway suspended in the rainforest canopy.MORE: Heres an Australian golf course with 300 resident kangaroos

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For the 2nd day in a row, some Hawaii beaches are closed because of shark sightings – Q13 News Seattle

Beaches on the Hawaiian island of Maui were closed for the second straight day Tuesday after several tiger sharks were spotted in the water.

Maui County officials closed about two miles of shoreline, which includes the Kamaole Beach Parks.

They saidin a Facebook postTuesday one of the tiger sharks was 10-15 feet in length and was 300 yards off the beach, while another one, about 10 feet in length, was about 100 yards off the beach.

Authorities posted signs directing people to stay out of the water because of the sightings, the county said, and the Maui Fire Department was assessing the safety of the waters throughout the day Tuesday.

The beaches were closed Monday after three to five tiger sharks were spotted. A helicopter crew communicated with people still in the water to tell them to return to shore.

Tiger sharks are among the top three species of shark frequently involved in shark attacks, and they should be treated with extreme caution when encountered, according to theFlorida Museum of Natural History.

There are no reports of shark-related injuries on this stretch of coastline from the past two days, Maui County said.

In April, a65-year-oldwoman was attacked by a shark off Hawaiis Big Island.

A month later, a 65-year-old man, optometrist Dr. Thomas Smiley, was killed while swimming off Mauis Kaanapali Beach, about 30 miles up the coast from Kamaole, where this weeks sharks were seen.

A 16-year-old boy, Max Keliikipi,survived an encounteroff Oahu in August after a shark took a bite out of his surfboard.

At the time, Keliikipi told CNN he didnt have any plans to quit venturing into the waves, and he said knowing surfers whove been attacked by sharks was not common, but its not uncommon, either.

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Thousands of Glorious ‘Ice Eggs’ Wash Up on Finnish Beach – Livescience.com

Smooth balls of ice rolled ashore on a beach in Finland and piled up like a gigantic clutch of turtles' eggs.

But where did these "ice eggs" come from? Turns out, the frigid orbs were sculpted by a peculiar combination of weather and waves, according to news reports.

Amateur photographer Risto Mattila stumbled upon the strange sight while walking with his wife on Hailuoto Island, a land mass between Finland and Sweden, according to BBC News. The temperature hovered around 32 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 1 degree Celsius) that day, he said, and the wind whipped across the beach. "There, we found this amazing phenomenon. There was snow and ice eggs along the beach near the water line," he told the BBC.

Related: The World's 7 Most Interesting Eggs

The "ice eggs" littered an area the length of about one-quarter of a football field and ranged in size from that of an average chicken egg to that of a hefty soccer ball, Mattila said. He snapped a photo, noting that he had "never seen anything like this during 25 years living in the vicinity."

Others came upon the ice eggs, too. "This was [an] amazing phenomenon, [I've] never seen before. The whole beach was full of these ice balls," Tarja Terentjeff, who lives in the nearby town of Oulu, told CNN. Another local, Sirpa Tero, told CNN she'd seen icy orbs line the shoreline before, "but not over such a large area."

Although fairly rare, these ice eggs form similarly to sea glass or rounded stones that wash up on the beach, said BBC Weather expert George Goodfellow. Chunks of ice break off from larger ice sheets in the sea and either taxi to shore on the incoming tide or get pushed in by gusts of wind at the water's surface, he explained. Waves buffet the ice chunks as they travel, slowly eroding their jagged edges into smooth curves. Seawater sticks and freezes to the forming eggs, causing them to grow like snowballs do as they roll across the ground.

Once the ice chunks reach shore, pounding waves tend to buff out any lingering kinks on their surfaces, leaving behind nothing but sleek and shiny "eggs" for curious tourists to happen upon.

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Lee and Collier County upgrading tools to keep SWFL beaches clean – Wink News

Southwest Florida

A solution is coming for the effects of the red tide that is sticking around at high concentrations in Collier and Lee Counties.

There have been dead fish washing up for weeks, and on Wednesday, Naples is buying a critical tool to help keep your favorite beaches clean.

The city cant come through and remove all the fish by hand, so to clean up the beaches, they rely on large beach rakes. Right now, one of the beach rakes is too worn out to be able to do its job.

The one they want to replace is more than 15 years old and is no longer useful when it comes to clearing dead fish and debris.

Since it is not working properly, the city plans to spend $55,000 for a new one.

Beach clean up is important now more than ever with high and medium levels of red tide detected up and down the coast.

Lee County uses the same type of rake to clean the beaches as well. The machines are designed to scoop the dead marine life without creating a bigger mess.

If council signs off, Naples will trade in their old one and get a new rake within 2 months.

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Miami Beach: One of The Hottest Destinations In the World Welcomes Art Basel 2019 – PRNewswire

"Art Basel is a multi-faceted, dazzling event that transforms Miami Beach each year and adds to the city's already storied reputation for art, culture and entertainment," says Steve Adkins, Chairman, Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA). "As we edge closer to the Fair and the premiere of Miami Beach's satellite art fairs, the energy and buzz in the air is palpable. Miami Beach, which is like no other place in the world, continues to be the perfect city to host Art Basel, which is like no other art fair in the world."

In addition to the main Art Basel exhibition, dozens of prestigious art fairs will expose audiences to edgy, creative and original visual and performance art. Miami Beach welcomes this year's satellite fairs including:

Design Miami/: Since 2005, Design Miami/ has become a global forum for design. Each fair brings together influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of collectible design, design culture and commerce. Located next to the Miami Beach Convention Center it is accessible and in the heart of the action.

PULSE Miami Beach: It's their 15th anniversary and PULSE Art Fair is dedicating this edition to experienced and budding art collectors. They are inviting visitors to experience the energy of stimulating art, balanced with cocktails in hammocks and engaging conversations with friends.

SCOPE Miami Beach: Celebrating its 19th edition, SCOPE Miami welcomes 134 diverse contemporary exhibitors featuring OASIS, an experiential multidisciplinary program as well as FOCUS | ART CHINA, the new premier showcase of Chinese Contemporary Art in Miami.

AquaArtMiami: In the past 14 years, Aqua Art Miami has become a destination for prominent collectors and art aficionados to procure works by young, emerging and mid-career artists.

Art Basel has also officially partnered with a number of local hotels, encouraging residents and visitors to take advantage of special accommodation rates.

"Beyond Art Basel, visitors to Miami Beach can choose from a varied number of fabulous hotels offering Art Basel-specific deals that are sure to enhance their experience with us," notes Grisette Roque Marcos, Executive Director, MBVCA. "Visitors can also check out the trendiest, buzziest restaurant and entertainment venues Miami Beach is famous for, when in town."

Located near the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), these hotels have partnered with Art Basel and will offercompetitive rates during this year's edition. Official Hotel Partners include (but are not limited to):

Beacon South Beach,book early for Art Basel now through November 30, 2019 and receive 25% off an entire stay.

South Beach Group Hotels is offering 15% offwhen guests book 4-nights or more, between 12/3/2019 and 12/9/2019. Offer includes free late check-out and a possible room upgrade.

Cadet Hotel guests will receive a 7% discount off a total stay when booking directly. Use code BASEL19.

The Culinary scene on Miami Beach is a hot one and caters to a wide variety of tastes. These are some of the newest and trendiest restaurants to sample during Art Basel:

Sushi By BouTucked away on the second floor of The Villa Casa Casuarina, in Gianni Versace's former suite, is Sushi By Bou, an exclusive sushi bar bringing experiential omakase to South Beach.

Mandrake Miamiis a sophisticated restaurant and lounge with a modern Asian menu. Here, giant turquoise doors with antiquated Chinese door knockers lead the way to a hidden Asian palace. The 5,000-square-foot space has a sushi bar, a formal dining room and a lush outdoor garden.

Led by Chef Jose Icardi, Diez y Seisis an innovative Mexican concept in the Shore Club South Beach. This indoor-outdoor spot is a tribute to Mexican Independence Day. Diners can revel in tortillas made in-house, a specialty tequila and mezcal bar, custom mezcal carts, sharing plates and more.

For more information, download the Miami Beach app at http://www.miamibeachapi.com/ and follow @ExperienceMiamiBeachon Facebook, Instagram and@EMiamiBeachonTwitter.

ABOUT MIAMI BEACH Miami Beach is an award-winning destination, with first place in the 2019, 2018 and 2017 edition of the Travvy Awards, presented by travAlliancemedia in the categories of 'Best Honeymoon Destination, U.S. & Canada', 'Best Tourism Board U.S. & Canada', and 'Best LGBTQ Destination'. Also recently named 2019 and 2018 North America's Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards, and a winner in the 2018 Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly in the categories of "Best Overall Honeymoon Destination in the United States and Canada", "Best Overall Beach Destination in the United States and Canada", and "Best Overall Spa Destination in the United States and Canada" respectively. Miami Beach is a favorite destination among travelers worldwide. Renowned for its unparalleled culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels, Miami Beach is home to unique museums, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks; it is no wonder the beautifully diverse city is one of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The City of Miami Beach has been named one of the top cities worldwide for 'walkability' and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination has been ranked by TripAdvisor as a Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destination, Top Romantic Destination, Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S. Miami Beach is like no other place in the world! In 2019, the MBVCA introduced new handles on Instagram and Facebook @ExperienceMiamiBeach and on Twitter @EMiamiBeach to provide visitors with real-time information and recommendations.

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Suspect and victim in deadly shooting ID’d – WPTV.com

SUBURBAN LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. -- Deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting in the 4300 block of Cambridge St. in unincorporated Lake Worth Beach on Sunday at 11 a.m.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound. A short distance away, law enforcement found another man suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

Both men were transported to the hospital.

One of the men died and was identified Monday as 38-year-old Alberto Hernandez.

According to PBSO, an altercation led to the gunfire.

The sheriff's office says as a result of its investigation deputies have arrested 19-year-old James Bryant and charged him with the killing as well as using a firearm during a felony.

PBSO said he will not make a first appearance in court Monday because he's being treated for injuries at a hospital.

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First responders fed up with their HOA community in Royal Palm Beach – wflx

WPTV reached out to First Service Residental, the company that manages the property, but did not hear back. On social media, they have responded to some of these concerns by saying they are looking into it and reviewing policy, but first responders we spoke with say they've been complaining for months.

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IVGID to discuss golf carts, tennis center, bocce ball, beach house and summer wrap up – Tahoe Daily Tribune

The Incline Village General Improvement District will address agenda items this week that were mostly pushed off at the last months meeting.

Issues for the Board of Trustees include deciding on the leasing of gas golf carts, an issue many community members have expressed concern about in prior meetings. Several people have said theyd rather the board focus on repairing the cart paths rather than getting new golf carts.

The board will also address the tennis center renovation and finding a location for bocce ball courts.

While the search for a new finance director is ongoing, the board is moving forward, deciding on spending for these projects.

Some new items have been included on the agenda.

Interim District General Manager Indra Winquest will present a beach wrap up and Director of Golf/Community Services Darren Howard will give a wrap up report from the Mountain and Championship golf courses for the 2019 season.

The board will also discuss the possibility of a cost share funding agreement with the State of Nevada, Division of Environmental Protection.

The goal of this funding would be to study and reduce microplastic pollution in Lake Tahoe. It would require a $46,366 commitment from Tahoe Water Suppliers Association which is managed by IVGID, as well as, funding commitments from Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

The board will also reconsider the Incline Beach House project, a new beachfront hospitality center that was considered and tabled in March 2017.

The project has been identified as a priority in the Incline Village Community Service Master Plan. The new building would replace an existing building. In the 2017 proposal, the project was estimated to cost about $2 million. The same proposal is being presented at the meeting but that estimation does not account for inflation.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Chateau, 955 Fairway Boulevard, Incline Village, Nev.

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Ice eggs: Thousands of rare balls of ice cover beach in Finland – CBS News

Seven weird weather phenomenons

A beach in Finland appeared to be covered in thousands of eggs this week, but an up-close look shows those white spheres are not shells, they are actually made out of ice. An amateur photographer came across the "ice eggs" on Hailuoto Island, located between Finland and Sweden.

The photographer, Risto Mattila, told BBC he has never seen anything like it before and experts say the "ice eggs" are actually rare. The phenomenon is caused when small pieces of ice are rolled over by wind and water, according to BBC News.

"That was an amazing view. I have never seen anything like this during 25 years living in the vicinity," he said.

While the smallest of the ice balls were the size of eggs, the biggest ones were the size of footballs and they can get even bigger, up to 3 feet, BBC News reports. According to Mattila, the eggs covered about 100 feet of beach near the waterline.

Mattila said he went to the island on a cold, windy day, which is prime conditions for this phenomenon, according to BBC Weather expert George Goodfellow. "The general picture is that they form from pieces of larger ice sheet which then get jostled around by waves, making them rounder," he said.

"They can grow when sea water freezes on to their surfaces and this also helps to make them smoother," Goodfellow added. "So the result is a ball of smooth ice which can then get deposited on to a beach, either blown there or getting left there when the tide goes out."

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Jersey Shore beach fill project will begin after fight with feds over sand – NJ.com

Three Shore towns are proceeding with beach replenishment projects that have been stalled for years during a fight with the federal government.

Standing in front of the 7th Street area of the beach in North Wildwood on Friday, Congressman Jeff Van Drew, D-2nd Dist., Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi, along with Republican mayors North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello and Stone Harbor Mayor Judy Davies Dunhour, announced the towns would be replenishing their beaches.

Since 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has blocked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from using federally-owned sand from the nearby Hereford Inlet to replenish the beaches. The service wanted the state or the towns themselves to fund the project and find another source of replenishment sand, which they said would have cost $6.5 million.

Since then, the politicians said, the beaches have been suffering.

This area has been obliterated," Rosenello said. You would think that an agency with the name Fish and Wildlife would actually be in the business of preserving fish and wildlife. This interpretation did the exact opposite. It decimated natural areas.

The three mayors, pointing to an Army Corps of Engineers feasibility study showing the need to use the Inlet as a borrowing area, recruited Van Drews help. The Congressman and mayors eventually met with acting Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who they said listened to the concerns.

Fish and Wildlife had blocked the Inlet from being dredged, but the Department of the Interior overruled the decision, and allowed the project to continue -- using the federal governments inlet.

It is not that we are trying to create an area for more development," Van Drew said. The point of this is to make sure that we save the taxpayers money, and that we use what is appropriate for beach fill to ensure that we protect the area thats so important to us, our beaches.

Rosenello said he grew up in North Wildwood and the area where the press conference was held Friday used to have numerous Bayberry bushes, large dunes, and an abundance of wildlife, which included foxes and migratory birds.

There is no way that we can move the sand from Wildwood quick enough to maintain this area, Rosenello said, suggesting that sand from the Inlet was the only solution to restoring the area.

If there is a legal challenge from the federal government to stop the projects, the towns would be ready to go to court, Pagliughi said.

These three communities are not going to be ruled anymore by low-level management from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife that make decisions on ego instead of science, he said.

A request for comment from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was not immediately returned.

Dunhour pointed to the success of a beach fill project in Stone Harbor Point, also known as South Point. The area had suffered significant erosion in 1990, and South Point was, as Dunhour put it, nonexistent." In 1998, a beach fill project was executed, with another one following in 2003. In 2005, a spit began to form.

If you go to South Point, it is now a mile and a half, Dunhour said. It is used for beach-nesting and a migratory bird habitat with vibrant plant life, and it has grown significantly."

"The Congressmans intervention here and our collaboration is a big win for Stone Harbor, in the resilience point of view, but also from that environmental point of view, he added.

The towns will now begin to apply for permits to begin the project.

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150kg of diamond cocaine washes up on French beaches, locals urged against treasure hunting – RT

Dozens of cocaine-containing packets labelled diamante have washed ashore on beaches along Frances Atlantic coastline, and more are likely to come, with police now warning residents against helping themselves.

Small one-pound packages wrapped in several layers of black plastic and cellophane have become a regular sight on the French Atlantic coast since late October. The bricks sport diamante or brilliante labels, but while their contents are precious, they are not filled with gemstones rather, with 80-90 percent pure cocaine, as several tests have shown.

The first package was discovered in Saint-Jean-de-Monts on October 18. Since then, things have escalated, with Le Parisien reporting Saturday, citing police sources, that new packages with the drug are now being discovered almost every hour.

In total, nearly 150kg (330 pounds) worth millions of dollars have been recovered on the beaches so far, including 36kg found scattered on a stretch of 10km in just one day, a find with an estimated street value of 3mn.

A massive law enforcement effort has been underway to locate and retrieve the white gold before it falls into the wrong, or even all-too-willing, hands.

The French authorities have warned beach-goers against attempting to beat police to the task.

Be careful not to believe in television series, an investigator, cited in the report, said. If a layperson finds and then attempts to sell the drug on the street they will have to deal with real thugs, he noted, while consuming cocaine of such high quality is bound to take a heavy toll.

The origin of the cocaine still remains a mystery. Investigators are looking into several versions, including cargo being dropped from a freighter or a sailboat from South America or the West Indies getting caught up in a storm and sinking with its cargo.

In early September, similar bricks with the same inscription washed up on a beach in Florida as Hurricane Dorian swept past the state.

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Feature: Long Beach Poly’s James Chubba Maae In The Middle Of It All – The562.org

Long Beach Polys roster lists senior James Chubba Maae with a series of numbers: he wears jersey number 53, hes 62, and he weighs 335 pounds.

As significant as those numbers may be, they dont tell the story of Maaes significance to the Jackrabbits football program. The captain has played all over the teams offensive line and has been dominant at defensive tackle as well, impacting almost every play of every game. His skill and size have earned him several Division 1 scholarship offers, but even that info doesnt fully tell the story.

Hes a real leader, and he does everything the right way, said Poly coach Stephen Barbee after a recent practice. You want a whole team full of James Maaes.

Maae started playing tackle football at the age of four, when his uncle told his mom to bring him out to the Long Beach Browns, since Maae already towered over most other kids his age. His nickname came from his cousin, Samoana Poyer.

When I was born, everyone called me chubs, he said. She couldnt say it, she kept calling me Chubba, so it just stuck.

His first year of football, Maae played at fullback. Since then, hes been a lifelong lineman, playing on offense and defense, and learning to appreciate both. Hes a ferocious competitor and is often cheered by his teammates as he plows a defender 20 yards downfield on a block. But hes also a happy warrior, quick to put his arm around a teammate literally and metaphorically.

Hes everyones friend, but he holds everyone accountable, said Barbee. Hes the hardest worker on the team, and he leads by example, not by talkingon the field, and in the classroom. He makes sure everyone feels at home, whether youre a freshman or a senior.

The above characteristics all apply to Maae, but they also apply to other Polynesian players to have come through Poly over the years. Maae is a leader in his community as well, having been chosen by teammates and coaches to lead the teams pre-game patia chant.

One of the joys at Poly for Maae this year has been the influx of Polynesian players in the programs lower levels. For decades, Polynesian players filled Polys roster, but their presence had waned in the last few years.

When I was younger all my cousins played here, and I would shadow them at school, there was a whole bunch of Samoans, he said. The last few years, there werent that many of usits great know, its like having a family away from home.

Barbee is happy to have more Polynesian players involved this year, and to have a senior leader among their ranks.

The Polynesian community had dwindled a little when I got here, he said. We had five players in the programthis year we have 31. As a culture and a community they bring a sense of hard work and honesty and family. There are high expectations, and James has been a big part of bringing everyone together.

Long Beach Poly will play at Rancho Cucamonga this Friday in the CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinals.

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Several Birds Found Dead On Huntington Beach Test Positive For Very Unexpected Type Of Botulism – CBS Los Angeles

HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) Several Western gulls which were found dead on Huntington Beach last month have unexpectedly tested positive for a type of botulism which is more commonly detected in humans.

The nonprofit Wetland and Wildlife Care Center (WWCC) initially reported that eight Western gulls were discovered dead, and four more in critical condition, on Oct. 10 at high tide on Huntington Beach.

The four gulls found alive were unable to move or close their eyes. One of them died and the other three survived after being cared for by WWCC staff.

The University of California, Davis conducted necropsies on five of the deceased gulls and discovered that they had the toxin botulism type A, which is more common in humans and often caused by improperly canned food, the WWCC reported Friday.

In a news release, the WWCC explained that gulls infected with botulism usually have type C or type E.

Over the past few weeks, five more gulls have been brought in to WWCC showing similar symptoms. Two of those have since died.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, botulism is a rare bacterial illness in which a toxin attacks the bodys nerves. It can cause difficulty breathes, muscle paralysis and even death. It can be transmitted through contaminated foods or if the spores of the bacteria get into a wound.

The WWCC is asking the public to bring any gulls they see to their animal hospital, which is located at 21900 Pacific Coast Highway.

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Forward Progress Of Marin County Coast Wildfire Stopped – CBS San Francisco

STINSON BEACH (CBS SF) The forward progress of a wildfire that erupted late Thursday morning along the Marin County coastline in between Stinson Beach and Muir Beach has been stopped, according to authorities.

The Marin County Fire Department said the Muir Fire was near Slide Ranch and that offshore winds in the area were pushing the flames toward the ocean.

Mother Nature did us a favor today, said Marin Co. Senior Fire Captain Ben Ghizletta. The fire was backing into the wind, so the wind actually helped keep the fire from advancing.

The first call on the fire came in at around 10:45 a.m. The fire had grown to 40 acres less than an hour later.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., Marin Fire said that forward progress on the fire had been stopped.

At 3:40 p.m., the fire had grown to 58 acres and containment was increased to 20 percent. Firefighters were trying to control the fire in difficult conditions with the temperature in the area at 90 degrees with only seven percent relative humidity and strong winds.

No structures were threatened and no evacuations were ordered, according to Marin Fire. The response to the fire included approximately 165 aerial and ground personnel, including two air tankers and a helicopter.

Highway 1 remains closed near Muir Woods Road and drivers are expected to expect delays in the area

With the winds blowing from land out to sea, once the fire hit the coast, it had nowhere else to go. But the resort town of Stinson Beach is less than two miles up the road from the fire area, nestled between the ocean and steep wooded hills. Residents say it was unnerving to see the firefighters roll through town.

My house is up there with all the trees around it and the winds started blowing in the middle of the night, said Robin Marshall. And you getyou get veryyou get on high alert.

Were just nestled in here with not, you knowI mean the resources came quickly, but we dont have a ton of resources, said resident Zoe Feher.

Yeah, its a great barrierthe Pacific Ocean, said Capt. Ghizletta. Pretty good fire break? Absolutely.

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Your favorite beaches around the world could disappear because of the climate crisis, development – CNN

(CNN) It's easy to see why millions of people flock to the beach every year.

They are dynamic places -- and not just because they're great for relaxing, surfing or people watching. With each crashing wave and changing tide, billions of pieces of sand and rock are constantly rearranged.

This is what nature intended.

What it did not, some scientists say, are the buildings that tower over some of the world's most popular beaches.

In many cases, this real estate that is coveted for its proximity to the beach is disrupting natural processes and in many places, increasing the rate of erosion.

Compounding the problem are the jetties, groins and other man-made structures built to keep sand from moving.

"Once you block the movement of sand, it may move to deeper areas offshore instead of replenishing the beach," said Kristina Hill, an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

"As sea levels rise, that beach wants to be somewhere inland. And in order to try to get there, we expect that it will take away the beach much faster than it is right now," said Orrin Pilkey, director emeritus for the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines."Sea level rise will spare nobody."

Here's how some of the world's most famous beaches are imperiled by sea level rise.

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii

Framed by highrise buildings and the Diamond Head crater, when you think of Hawaii, you think of Waikiki Beach.

But scientists say we are already locked into some amount of sea level rise from the greenhouse gases humans have added to the atmosphere, and without swift global action to reduce emissions, Waikiki's fate remains uncertain.

South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida

After past storms, the city has tried to replenish the sand lost from its famous beaches by dredging it up from offshore. But finding usable sand is becoming harder in an era of rising seas.

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

But many of the country's beaches are imperiled by the combined impacts of sea level rise and intensive coastal development.

Surfers Paradise -- located on the Gold Coast and arguably the country's most famous beach -- is also among the most vulnerable because of the high rises that hug its sandy shores.

Ocean City, Maryland

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One of the busiest and most crowded beaches in the US, Ocean City and its lively boardwalk are huge economic drivers for the state of Maryland.

And based on the latest scientific projections, beach upkeep will be even more difficult in the future.

Santa Monica Beach, Los Angeles

Drawing millions of visitors to sunbathe, surf and people watch, LA's Santa Monica Beach won't be spared the impacts of the climate crisis.

Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona

Like all of Barcelona's eight beaches, Barceloneta is a man-made creation. And with little space to retreat because of the surrounding urban area, the beach will face challenges as sea levels creep higher.

With sea levels now expected to rise more than previously predicted by 2100, it will likely be difficult for Barcelona to maintain its status as a premier destination for urban beachgoers.

Ocean Beach, San Francisco

With its powerful waves, wide beach and close proximity to downtown San Francisco, Ocean Beach draws Bay Area surfers and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. But like so many other urban beaches, it faces a host of challenges.

CNN's Ryan Prior contributed to this report.

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