Some NJ beaches are extending the summer season. Here’s the list – Asbury Park Press

Social distancing on beaches gains grudging acceptance and becomes the new normal at the Jersey Shore. Asbury Park Press

A growing number of Jersey Shore towns are planning on extending the beach season past Labor Day this year.

That means beach badges will still be required -- and lifeguards will be present --when beaches are open in September.

This list will be updated as more towns finalize their plans.

July Fourth in the Seasides in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park. (Photo: Peter Ackerman)

The beach season will be extended through Sept. 30. Beaches are scheduled to be open seven days a week.

Beaches will be staffed through Sept. 30, and will be open seven days a week..

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The beach will be open and staffed -- weather permitting -- on the weekends of September 12 to 14 and 19 to 20. Beach badges will be required and capacity will be limited.

For questions about the beach, call 732-988-5533.

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A visitor to Ocean Grove beach sits in the shade of the pier as she looks over selecton on her iphone. Ocean Grove - Bradley Beach: Day at the Beach on July 15, 2020. (Photo: Peter Ackerman)

Beaches will be open and staffed seven days a week through Sept.30. All beaches will be open on weekends, while during the week, four of the borough's beaches are scheduled to be staffed. The Borough Council is expected to finalize plans for extending the summer season at its Sept. 2 meeting.

Beaches will be open and staffed on weekends through September.

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Jean Mikle: 732-643-4050, jmikle@gannettnj.com

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Swimming Is One Thing in The Pandemic. The Crowd at The Beach Is Something Else – ScienceAlert

As summer comes to an end, Americans are eager to make the most of the last remaining beach days and across the country, some public pools and beaches are open with restrictions.

In Los Angeles County, for example, beaches reopened on May 13 for recreational activities including swimming and surfing. In Georgia, pools reopened the same day, provided the facilities could follow guidelines like limiting capacity to 10 people if they can't maintain six feet between patrons.

New York City reopened 15 of its public swimming pools on July 24 and Aug. 1. In Florida, lap swimmers can exercise in pools while following precautions like remaining six feet from other swimmers, limiting their time to one hour, and being prepared to swim only, since the showers and locker rooms are closed.

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware opened state beaches and lakeshores (though not those in New York City) at half capacity on May 22. Outside of the US, the French Riviera is open to recreationalists including swimmers, but they can't sunbathe afterwards.

But some swimmers are wary: Some viruses, bacteria, and parasites thrive in water. Last year, for example, there was an uptick in crypto infections, which can lead to diarrhoea and vomiting, at pools and water parks due to a parasite called cryptosporidium that's highly resistant to chlorine.

Fortunately, it seems highly unlikely you'll catch the coronavirus through water, but, as always, you can catch it from other people. Here's what to know about the risks of swimming, and how to make the smartest decision for you.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas." It says that treating these types of facilities with chemicals including chlorine should "should inactivate the virus in the water."

Even fresh or salt water is highly unlikely to spread the coronavirus since other coronaviruses aren't stable in water, Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, told The New York Times.

That seems to be in part due to the fact that water dilutes the spit droplets that can transmit the disease, Dr. Leonard A. Mermel, a professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, said during an Infectious Diseases Society of America seminar on May 19.

And, although coronavirus RNA has been found in faeces, which could theoretically spread through water if you accidentally get some in your mouth, the virus in faeces "doesn't appear to be in an infective state," Krista Wigginton, an associate professor of environmental engineering at the University of Michigan's College of Engineering, told Insider.

"The bigger risk from all of these activities would be from interacting with others who are talking, coughing, or sneezing nearby," she said.

Plus, because catching the coronavirus usually involves inhaling it, not swallowing it, water is an unlikely route of transmission, Joseph Eisenberg, chair of the epidemiology department at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, told Business Insider.

"In general, respiratory pathogens don't survive in the water," he said.

There's still a lot researchers don't know for sure about how this coronavirus acts in water.

There's a chance it could be spread in places where ocean water mixes with untreated wastewater that's contaminated by the virus. The waves could then, in theory, launch the virus into particles that the wind carries back to shore, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Kim Prather, an atmospheric chemist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, is currently studying whether that's the case.

Charles Gerba, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Arizona, told WebMD the virus could be in ocean water near sewage runoffs, but isn't particularly worried about it.

"I'd be more worried about hepatitis, swimming in raw sewage discharge, or many of the other pathogens," he said. "They present a far greater magnitude of risk, even if it turns out that coronavirus is transmitted by water."

No matter the activity, the risk of contracting COVID-19 mostly depends on the same few factors: How close are you to how many people, and for how long?

"The general principle should be: Outside is better than inside; open is better than closed; fewer is better than more people; and stay away from sick people," Dr. Erich Anderer, a neurosurgeon and founding member of the North Brooklyn Runners group, previously told Insider.

When it comes to swimming, then, "swimming in an uncrowded pool, lake, or ocean is likely low risk compared to indoor activities and crowded outdoor activities like going to restaurants, malls, stores, and concerts," Wigginton said.

Broken down further: Jumping in a private chlorinated outdoor pool is about as safe as you can get, while riding waves on a busy ocean-front is riskier, particularly if you're clamoring for space to set up your towel on the sand afterward.

As for pools, lap swimming in a well-treated pool where you have your own lane and empty lanes next to you is pretty low-risk, while splashing around in a crowded indoor pool is higher risk because you'll likely be in close contact with others' spit as they yell "Marco Polo" or cough when accidentally gulping down some water.

It's even more dangerous if you're also using the locker room, where you may not only be in close proximity to strangers who aren't wearing masks, but also touching surfaces like doorknobs and shower handles that can harbour the virus.

Ultimately, use common sense. Swimming brings massive physical and mental benefits. If you can do it with a risk level you're comfortable with, dive in.

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Delaware beach guide: What you need to know for your late August trip – The News Journal

Heading to the Delaware beaches this weekend?

Here's what you need to know if you're planning to stick your toes in the sandthe weekend of Aug. 28-30 and what might be different than normal at the beaches in the summer of COVID-19.

Delaware's beach towns are open to the public, but government and public health officials warn that everyone's help is neededto curb the spread of COVID-19.

Social distancing is encouraged in all public spaces, and people should maintain at least 6 feet of distance from those who are not members of their immediate household.

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As for face masks, they are required to be wornin public spaces where social distancing is difficult, and inside businesses that are open.

Face masks are recommended,but not required, on most beaches themselves, but social distancing is a must.

Masks must be worn on the streets, sidewalks, boardwalk and inside businesses in Rehoboth Beach city limits.

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Lewes also requires masks to be worn outdoors in the city's downtown area, public beach parking lots, and while crossing the Savannah Road drawbridge between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. There are similar guidelines inBethany Beach, where people in violation of mask rules can face up to a $100 fine.

Swimming is permitted at all beachesunless dangerous weather conditions arise.Make sure to check in with the local lifeguards before you dive in to learn about any potential hazards in the water or on the sand.

At beaches within the Delaware State Parks system, like Cape Henlopen State Park, Fenwick Island State Park and Delaware Seashore State Park near the Indian River Inlet, there are limits on how many people will be admitted.

The number of vehicles allowed in iscapped at 60% of parking capacity, according to parks officials. Masks or face coverings are required in bathhouse and concession areas at all three parks and strongly encouraged on the beach, as well.

At Cape Henlopen, when the gates are closed, admission also is restricted for those with surf-fishing tags. Natural Resources police will be enforcing the 20-foot minimum distance between vehicles on drive-on beaches.

Delaware is in its second phase of reopening businesses previously restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. John Carney announced in late June that the state was pausing moving into the next phasedue to concerns about people not following guidelines.

In late June, he also announced that bar service at the Delaware beaches had to shut downahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

This affects taprooms and bar service in the following towns: Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Long Neck, Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island, West Fenwick Island, Ocean View and Millville, according to the order.

Customers can still get service at tables or outdoors.

Crowds came out on July 4th to Rehoboth Beach, as seen from atop the Atlantic Sands.(Photo: Chuck Snyder/Special to Delaware News Journal)

Current reopening plans allow restaurants to have up to 60% of the people who would be allowed in the building by the fire marshal, not including staff, but they must still adhere to social distancing guidelines. Some have increased outdoor seating to try to accommodate more diners.

Carney's additional restriction on beach bars means bar seating within restaurants is also off-limits. Those bar restrictions have not yet been lifted.

People are encouraged to call ahead for reservationsand to check on any changes in normal operating hours or other restrictions.

Hot weather and clear skies brought thousands of visitors to Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Social distancing did not appear to be followed very strictly on either the beach or boardwalk, with mask usage also not ubiquitous.(Photo: Chuck Snyder/Special to Delaware News Journal)

That 60% capacity cap also applies to personal care services such as hair and nail salons, tanning, tattoo, massage therapy services and spasthat were previously required to keep occupancy at 30%.

No additional announcements have been made on when Delaware will enter phase three of the state's rolling reopening plan. For more details on the state's reopening, go togovernor.delaware.gov/delawares-recovery.

Parking permits or metered parking are in effect in all of Delaware's beach towns from Lewes to Fenwick Island.

In Lewes, city officials are supporting businesses by offering free downtown parking from 9 a.m. to noon for shoppers. Rehoboth Beach is offering free parking on Monday nights through Sept. 14, and Dewey Beach also offers free parking in the evening Monday through Wednesday. Bethany Beach, too, is offering free parking from 4-11 p.m. onTuesdays in August, followed by a whole month of free parking in September.

Each town has different rules and rates for parking. For more information, visit an individual beach town's website or call Town Hall in the beach town you plan to visit before arriving.

Below are links to each oceanfront beach town's parking policies:

Bans on out-of-state travelers and short-term rentalswerelifted in early June. Delaware's reopening plan saysleisure travel "should be avoided" at this time, but it's allowed if people and businesses can adhere to social-distancing-related recommendations, according to the state.

Meanwhile, Delaware has been on and off ofquarantine lists for a few neighboring states, but as of Thursday, Aug. 26, First State travelers were in the clear.

Delaware hotels and other accommodations are accepting reservations for vacation stays, though there may be limits and restrictions in gathering areas like lobbies.

Delaware's daily DART beach bus service is running. People can take advantage of the Park & Ride options in Lewes and Rehoboth to avoid heavy beach traffic south of Lewes.

Face coverings are required on public transportation.

Hot weather and clear skies brought thousands of visitors to Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Social distancing did not appear to be followed very strictly on either the beach or boardwalk, with mask usage also not universal.(Photo: Chuck Snyder/Special to Delaware News Journal)

The Lewes Park & Ride is at 17616 Coastal Highway, just south of Five Points, and the Rehoboth Park & Ride is off Route 1 at 20055 Shuttle Road, just north of the entrance to Rehoboth Avenue. Parking is free at both lots.

Cash-only fare for aone-way trip,due upon boarding, is $2, and an all-day daily pass is $4.20. Seven-daypasses also are available for $18, while a 30-day pass costs$65. For more information, go towww.dartfirststate.com/information/programs/beachbus/index.shtml#parkride.

DART's beach connection, which runs from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on weekends and holidays, is also now available.

This weekend's weather forecast might put a damper on some people's beach plansunless the rain holds off. Forecasts can change as the weekend gets closer.

The National Weather Service forecast for Friday, Aug. 28,inRehoboth Beach is mostly sunny with a high near 87degrees. There is a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy, windy and likely rainywith a high near 84degrees. There is a 60% chance of showers, mainly after 3 p.m. Patchy fog is expected in the morning, before 9 a.m.

Sunday should be a breezy, sunny day with a high near 80.

Water temperatures off the coast of Lewes are reaching thehigh 70s this week, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As of Friday, Aug. 28, Delaware hasseen a total of 16,976 cases since the first case was detected in March, data shows.

Of those cases, 7,927have beenin New Castle County, the most populated county in the state. Another 6,208 have been detected in Sussex County.

The pandemic has been linked to the deaths of 604people in Delaware.So far, over 228,000 people have been tested statewide, and 9,101 people have recovered from the viral disease. As of Friday, Aug. 27, 57 people were hospitalized in Delaware, 15of whom were considered critical.

Contact reporter Maddy Lauria at (302) 345-0608,mlauria@delawareonline.com or on Twitter @MaddyinMilford.

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Manti Te’o introduces fans to the real ‘Mrs. Te’o’ after beach wedding – New York Post

The COVID-19 pandemic didnt dampen Manti Teos wedding day.

Over the weekend, the NFL linebacker who was at the center of a catfishing scandal in 2013 revealed he had married longtime love Jovi Nicole on Saturday in an intimate beach ceremony.

I couldnt give you the world but I think I did betterI gave you my last name and it looks good on you Mrs. Teo, Teo captioned the Instagram snaps from the couples special day.

Jovi, a personal trainer, also shared a collection of photos from the pairs nuptials, which had been altered due to the global health crisis.

Yesterday I got to marry my best friend and the love of my life in an intimate beach ceremony, Jovi posted. Although this was not how we envisioned our ceremony, it was perfect. We will be having our reception and celebration when Temples and venues open back up so we can share this special occasion with our families and I couldnt be more excited. #joviteo.

Teo was first linked to Jovi in early 2016.

Prior to his romance with Jovi, the 29-year-old athlete fell victim to an elaborate hoax, in which his terminally ill girlfriend is said to have never existed.

Teo was selected 38th overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2013 NFL Draft. Four years later, he signed a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. Teo is currently a free agent.

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Swimming advisory issued for Shell Point Beach due to high levels of bacteria – WTXL ABC 27

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla.(WTXL) The Florida Department of Health in Wakulla County has issued a high bacterial level advisory for Shell Point Beach.

Officials say swimming is not recommended at this time due to an increased risk of illness.

DOH-Wakulla will be conducting follow up sampling and testing and will remove the advisory when levels are within an acceptable range.

In order to protect the health of the public visiting Floridas coastal and intracoastal waters, DOH-Wakulla has been systematically sampling the local beach waters for indicators of human and animal pathogens.

Authorities say enterococci are enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals.

The presence of enteric bacteria in beach water can be an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.

If they are present in high concentrations in recreational waters and are ingested while swimming or enter the skin through a cut or sore, they may cause human disease, infections or rashes.

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Marthas Vineyard beach named the best on the East Coast, beating out Florida, Jersey Shore – MassLive.com

If youre looking for a bit of last minute summer fun, it might be worth checking out Marthas Vineyard.

Rough Guides, a global travel brand that provides travel advice, named Menemsha Beach the best beach on the East Coast.

Calm waters lap the shore of the peaceful haven of Menemsha Beach in Massachusetts, which boasts sprawling views of the Elizabeth Islands and surf ideal for relaxed swimming, Rough Guides wrote. Make sure you stay for sundown, as Menemsha Beach is most stunning come early evening, when its one of the best spots to catch sunset on the island.

The Chilmark beach beat out multiple Florida beaches, including Siesta Beach in Sarasota and South Beach in Miami. Neither made the top three.

Coney Island in New York and Cape May, New Jersey were ranked second and third on the list.

With more states spanning the coastline than its western counterpart, the best East Coast beaches in the USA, reaching from ruggedly charming Maine down to the tropical climes of Florida, offer style and substance to rival the most famous west coast beauty spots, the website states.

Earlier this year Race Point Beach in Provincetown was one of only two New England beaches to land on Trip Advisors top 25 list.

On that list Florida and Hawaii cluttered the top 25. Four Florida beaches fell within the top five with Floridas Siesta Beach in Siesta Key ranking No. 1.

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Nearly 2 dozen vehicles found with slashed tires in Eaglewood area of Virginia Beach – WAVY.com

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) An act of vandalism marred what should have been a typical Sunday morning for residents in the Eaglewood area of Virginia Beach.

They woke up to find their tires slashed.

Troy Brimmer lives in Eaglewood. He provided WAVY TV 10 surveillance video that shows individuals going around the neighborhood vandalizing cars that were parked along the street.

If you listen closely, you can actually hear the air escaping from a newly slashed tire in the video.

You feel violated. You get upset when you see this happening to your neighbors, said Brimmer.

He first noticed the damage on his Sunday morning walk.

I was walking my dog this morning and I saw a few people working on their cars. I thought they were just getting a little work done on the weekend until I noticed car after car and really, as Im walking my dog, I just saw a whole string of cars with flat tires, he said.

Brimmer said it wasnt long before he put the pieces together.

On the Nextdoor app a lot of people were alerting each other and I had three neighbors right in a row all three changing tires at the same time as well as many others. So, you could definitely see that this was a little bit more than your typical vandalism, he said.

Almost every car along Dove Drive, parts of Woodcock Lane, and parts of Hummingbird Lane had damage to either one or two tires.

I dont feel good, said resident Joe Doherty.

He had two of his vehicles damaged. He says he didnt realize one of them until he was already driving and had to change the tire on a busy road.

You need to test drive your vehicles today because even if it doesnt look like it flat, it could be flat, he offered as advice.

Doherty seemed in good spirits despite the damage, but pointed out he feels like the people responsible were being inconsiderate.

If 22 vehicles, according to the police, have flat tires, thats in the neighborhood of $5,000. When does that add up? And its disrupting everybodys life. Why do it, you know? said Doherty.

Officers are investigating several destruction of property cases of vehicles in the Eaglewood area. If you reside in the area and have discovered damage to your vehicle overnight please call Virginia Beach Police non emergency at 385-5000 to file a police report @CityofVaBeach

Brimmer said the only good thing he saw from this was his neighbors willingness to help each other.

Police are still investigating this incident. If you are in the area and believe your vehicle was damaged, youre encouraged to reach the Virginia Beach non-emergency number at 757-385-5000 and file a report.

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Locals rediscover streets and beaches in resorts absent of foreign tourists – The Guardian

It is usually the domain of hangover-nursing sunbathers and rowdy tourists getting an early start on beach parties. But this year as quarantines, restrictions and advisories take a toll on travel the white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters of Magaluf on the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca have some new visitors: Mallorcans.

This is the first time weve ever come Mallorcans do not come to Magaluf, laughed Laura, 31, as she settled in for a day on the beach with her friends. We came this year only because we knew there were no tourists.

Its a scene playing out across Europe as locals reclaim sites ceded long ago to throngs of tourists. Plazas once filled with the sounds of suitcases rattling over cobblestones now ring with childrens voices, while near-vacant landmarks offer locals an intimate experience of the top sights in their backyards.

Earlier this year Mallorcans began quietly spreading word of a nearly deserted, picture-perfect beach, resulting in a stream of locals traipsing out to Magaluf.

I would have never brought my daughter here before, Consuelo Merchante told the news website Ultima Hora. It was her first time visiting Magalufs beach in four decades. We stayed away because of the British tourists, she said.

The novelty of being a hometown tourist, however, comes at a steep cost. In Magaluf and across tourist sites in Europe, the backdrop is one of shuttered shops and hotels, hinting at the devastating economic impact of the plunge in tourists.

Its bittersweet, said Vesna Celebic, a tour guide in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. In recent years locals had resigned themselves to sharing the walled old town with millions of visitors, enduring the relentless arrivals of mammoth cruise ships and the clatter of helicopter tours overhead.

Then the pandemic brought these drawbacks into sharp relief. At the moment its wonderful, she said. The old town is definitely the place that the locals reclaimed. Now you see a lot of kids riding bikes and playing soccer in some of the public squares, you hear the locals again. You hear the local language.

Still, the dire reality facing the tourism-dependent city was unescapable. Celebic had just wrapped up her fifth tour of the season, when normally she would have racked up 100 or so at this point. The things is, there is this economic disaster looming upon us, she said.

In Italy, cities and beaches usually thronged with foreign tourists have become a draw for Italians. Locals have flocked to the Riviera Romagnola, a stretch of golden beaches overlooking the Adriatic sea.

With the advent of low-cost flights to foreign destinations, young Italians had preferred to spend their holidays in Spain or Greece, the deputy mayor of Rimini, Gloria Lisi, told the Guardian.

But the pandemic appears to have reversed this flow, with the riviera now playing host to a crop of first-time visitors. This summer, Rimini is crowded with people in their 20s who come from neighbouring regions. This hasnt happened for decades.

At some of the continents most popular landmarks, the emptiness itself has become an attraction. Last month photos circulated online of nearly deserted rooms at the Louvre gallery in Paris, in jarring contrast to last year when almost 10 million people passed through its doors.

The chance to take in some of the worlds best art without elbowing through crowds has been a draw for some. Morning at the Louvre to take advantage of the lack of tourists, author Mira Kamdar wrote on Twitter last week. Paris as we Parisians rarely get to experience it.

For many, its an experience that has been tempered by fears over what lies ahead for the economy in Europe, where tourism contributes about 10% of the GDP. In Spain, one industry lobby group estimated that the steep fall in tourists could translate to nearly 100bn (90bn) in lost revenues, with the Balearic Islands, home to Magaluf, and Catalonia expected to be among the hardest-hit regions.

In Barcelona, which before the pandemic was receiving an average of 155,000 visitors a day, arrivals have slowed to a trickle. Tourism had been pushing out residents, in some ways, said Arlene Bayliss, a marketing professional based in the city. Now its the reverse: its tourists that get lost among the locals.

She is now seeing the city in a new light, marvelling at the ability to snap photos alone on the steps of the citys cathedral, or use the time she had once spent navigating a sea of tourists to focus on the citys stunning architecture.

The lack of visitors, coupled with the departure of city residents on August vacations, has emptied the usual tourist haunts such as the Gothic quarter. You can wander through and theres not a soul, she said. Then you come across a plaza filled with locals and kids playing. Its very different.

The situation has demonstrated what is at stake for cities and other hotspots in striking a balance between attracting tourists and catering for local residents.

Celebic, the tour guide in Dubrovnik, raised the issue of packed public transport and the proliferation of tourist flats that price out residents. While I think this is a disaster and economically its scary, I think its also a moment to pause and reflect, she said. Tourism should be a pleasure, not only for those coming in but also for those staying in and residing in [the city].

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Man shot and killed on 405 Freeway in Seal Beach – Los Angeles Times

Authorities are searching for a suspect who shot and killed a motorist on the 405 Freeway in Seal Beach on Saturday.

Officers responded shortly after 6 p.m. to reports of shots fired on the northbound freeway, just south of the 605 Freeway, the California Highway Patrol said in a statement.

They found a light blue Hyundai Elantra in the center divider area; inside was a man in his mid-20s who appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound, according to investigators. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was not released.

Investigators are looking for a white Mercedes-Benz S550 that witnesses described as the suspect vehicle, the CHP said.

The Hyundai had also collided with a maroon Honda before coming to a stop, authorities said. That driver remained on the scene and was cooperating with the investigation.

The northbound lanes of the 405 were shut down for about six hours while police investigated. Anyone with information was asked to call the California Highway Patrols Westminster Area office at (714) 892-4426.

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Here are eight traffic initiatives planned for Pensacola Beach this off season – Pensacola News Journal

Escambia County is planning eight traffic initiatives on Pensacola Beach during the off season.

With the exception of a $1.8 million access road that has been planned for years, most of the projects do not include new construction.Rather, they are meant to reconfigure traffic to improve safety and flow, as well as increase parking.

Commissioner Robert Bender, who represents the beach and will propose the projects to the Escambia County Commission for approval, said the other seven projects will likely total under $500,000. The projects are much smaller than the massive overhauls of the traffic infrastructure that have been studiedin the past.

Most recently, a$9.2 millionplan for a roundabout is on hold because Bender said the county didn't have the funding for it and he still has questions about how well it would operate.

Eight traffic improvement initiatives are planned for this offseason on Pensacola Beach. They include a new access road near Quietwater and the restriping of the Casino Beach parking lot, and improving parking lot exits. (Photo: Tony Giberson/tgiberson@pnj.com)

"They are all projects that we saw were short-term improvements that, again, were a better use of the existing space. None of them would impact the ability to do any future plans," Bender said.

The off-season efforts are in addition to adjustments to the traffic signal system to help with record high traffic,which includehaving an engineer watch intersections and operate signals during the busy weekends.

Rusty Branch,executive director of the Escambia CountyDestination Marketing Organization, said hoteliers on the beach want the county to follow the previous studies on how to improve traffic, like the roundabout plan.

"Small Band-aids aren't going to fix the traffic problem. They're going to continue to be there. And we saw that bared out this year during June when the toll booth was open and we had large numbers coming through," Branch said. "The engineers have told us that you have two choke points, the toll booth itself and thenthe signalized intersection. If you're going to open a free flow of traffic on Pensacola Beach, you have to deal with both of those."

On the other side,Rhonda Dorfman, who lives near Fort Pickens and is vice president of Pensacola Beach Advocates, said her organization didn't support the roundabout plan because it would be confusing to tourists. She said she's seen improvements in traffic flow on the beach with the signalized light and cashless tollchanges.

"As far as all the proposed changes, I am in support of everything that they're doing," Dorfman said. "(Especially) if they want to try to repave that parking lot, because the residents do feel that the parking is the issue as far as with traffic and everything."

The access road will be two lanes and run from Quietwater to the fishing pier parallel to Pensacola Beach Boulevard and include a continuous sidewalk. The idea is to provide better access to Quietwater and the businesses on the east side.

"We're trying to just do a better job with managing the space that's already here," Bender said. "We think that it will actually have some great improvements for everybody out here."

Escambia County staff found that if crews changed the striping of the Casino Beach parking lot, they could add an additional 120 spaces, or an entire lane of parking, to the existing 1,252 spaces.

Instead of the current 90 degree-angled parking spots with two-way aisles, next year, the parking lot will have 45 degree-angled spots with one-way aisles.

Crews also plan to restripe the Bob Sikes Bridge bike lane and install a barrier. Along with that effort, the number of toll booth lanes will drop to two to provide a safe route for cyclists and pedestrians as they enter the island.

"This way you can get across the bridge safely and now that you only have two lanes from the toll plaza, you're not going to have somebody try to cut you off as you've just gotten off the bridge and so we think this is important for pedestrian safety," Bender said.

Once the toll was converted to cashless earlier this year, the county has kept only two toll lanes open. The idea is that it avoids cars needing to merge back into two lanes after the plaza.

Bender said residents still have a lot of questions about why there are only two lanes open but during the busiest four hours, an average of 245 more cars have gone through the toll than in previous years.

Crews will also improve the bike lane or trail markings along the southbound section of Pensacola Beach Boulevard. Bender said a lot of vehicles don't recognize it as a pedestrian access and pull over on it.

Often during the busiest times on the beach, traffic coming from the Fort Pickens area doesn't let traffic exit from the Casino Beach parking lot, so much so that sheriff's deputies have to control traffic at times.

To solve this, the county plans to change around the configuration of the lanes on Fort Pickens Road as it approaches the Pensacola Beach Boulevard intersection.

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Currently, there is an acceleration lane in front of the Surf and Sand Hotel. That will be turned into a left turn lane onto Pensacola Beach Road to shift the lanes over and allow spaces for a lane exclusively for those exiting the Casino Beach parking lot.

Once onto Fort Pickens Road, Casino Beach traffic will have to merge after the exclusive area ends.

"Giving this protected area to the cars exiting the beach parking lot we think would again help traffic flow within the parking lot and then also cars that are coming down Fort Pickens," Bender said.

The county has plans to extend the right turn lane on Pensacola Beach Boulevard to Fort Pickens Road by 800 feet and use the existing asphalt on the road.

The county completed a one-hour study between 9 and 10 a.m.the Saturday before Memorial Day this year that showed36% of the cars turned right at the intersection.

Bender said while this won't necessarilybe needed in the off season,it will allow more cars to exit the main lanes at the light.

Bender is also proposing a u-turn on Pensacola Beach Boulevard just south of the toll plaza. This will provide another option, in addition to the access road, for cars leaving the Grand Marlin area to turn left.

"You're not going to feel like you're adding a lot of time just by going up a few extra hundred feet to make a u-turn. More importantly though, this is safer way to make that left turn from the parking lots on the east side of Pensacola Beach," he said.

Escambia County will begin a marketing campaign to educate beachgoers about other transportation options on the beach, including the ferry from downtown to Fort Pickens as well as the beach trolley and shuttle service.

"It's really just a marketing campaign that we can do. ... Let everybody know what the options are, let our visitors know that maybeyou don't need to take your car to Quietwater in the evening. You can grab the trolley," Bender said.

Madison Arnold can be reached at marnold@pnj.com and 850-435-8522.

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Beach Road Reconstruction Work Set to Begin Sept. 8 – The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News

The long-planned reconstruction of a half-mile stretch of Beach Road in Vineyard Haven is scheduled to begin Sept. 8, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced.

Running from Five Corners to the start of the bike path at Winds Up, the $5.2 million project has been years in the making and aims to improve the main artery running along a busy stretch of coastal road toward the Marthas Vineyard Hospital.

MassDOT is performing the road work, scheduled to take place between Labor Day and Memorial Day for the next three years.

The reconstruction project will include widening and adding sidewalks, relocating utility poles that currently block pedestrians and adding a separated path to take cyclists and other users between Winds Up and Tisbury Marketplace.

From the marketplace to Five Corners there will be sidewalks only, said Bill Veno, a senior planner at the Marthas Vineyard Commission who worked with the state and Tisbury to design the plan.

There was never any intent to run the shared use path all the way to Five Corners, Mr. Veno said, speaking to the Gazette by phone Monday.

Under the new layout, a network of planned and existing town paths will allow inbound cyclists to reach downtown Vineyard Haven and the ferry terminal without sharing Beach Road, by following a route from the marketplace to Cromwell Lane, Mr. Veno said.

The plan is part of the commissions long-term goal of linking and extending the Islands network of shared-use paths for cyclists, walkers and joggers, Mr. Veno said.

The next project is scheduled to [go out to] bid this fall, and thats to continue the shared-use path from the drawbridge to the end of County Road, and then the next phase is on to Oak Bluffs, Mr. Veno said.

Like a lot of planning, its been a long time coming, but all the pieces are coming together.

Finalized by the state in 2018, the Beach Road project originally was slated to be finished by 2021. The new completion date is 2023, according to an announcement from Mass DOT that went out from Tisbury police chief Mark Saloio late last week.

The announcement includes a detailed schedule of road detours that will be in effect once construction begins.

From 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, depending on the weather, motorists can expect delays, temporary lane closures and detours, the announcement said. A one-way westbound detour will be used, as needed, to facilitate travel to and from the ferry terminal.

Emergency vehicle access will not be restricted.

The westbound detour will begin on Beach Road in Oak Bluffs and will continue as follows:

Beach Road to Eastville Ave to County Road;

County Road to Barnes Road;

Barnes Road to Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road;

Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road to State Road.

For additional information from MassDOT, motorists can dial 511 or visit the mass511.com website for real-time updates. The department also has a mobile app and a Twitter account, @MassDOT.

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Bethel Park’s Psotka taking Division I volleyball talents to the beach | Trib HSSN – TribLIVE

By: Michael LoveMonday, August 31, 2020 | 2:18 PM

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Bethel Park senior outside hitter Alexa Psotka earned second-team All-WPIAL Class AAAA honors in 2019.

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Alexa Psotka attempts to keep the ball alive during a sand volleyball tournament match in Columbus, Ohio, this summer.

Alexa Psotka is looking forward to putting her feet in the sand on the Atlantic Coast in South Carolina.

No, shes not eyeing up a sunny and warm vacation spot but rather a golden opportunity in volleyball at the Division I level.

The Bethel Park senior standout recently gave a verbal commitment to play volleyball at the College of Charleston. It is a package deal as she will join the regular hard court indoor squad and also hopes to make her mark in beach volleyball, a sport that is on the rise in the NCAA.

The campus is beautiful, and the volleyball program has an amazing coaching staff with a very high level of play, said Psotka, an All-WPIAL second-team selection at outside hitter last season.

The opportunity to play beach is an added bonus. It is just a great fit for me. I am really excited.

Psotka, who also garnered Division I interest from schools such as Akron, Rhode Island and Wisconsin Green Bay, connected with the College of Charleston coaches while attending an on-campus camp last summer, and the idea of also playing beach volleyball was born.

Most of the players in the program at the College of Charleston play on both the indoor and beach volleyball teams.

The Cougars beach program was one of 64 at the NCAA Division I level for the 2019-20 season. There also were 16 at the Division II level and five in Division III with several others hoping to join.

Kaitlin Fournier, a senior at Elizabeth Forward, committed to play volleyball at the University of Georgia last December, and the Bulldogs athletic department is exploring the possibility of adding beach volleyball to its ranks.

Psotka, also a member of the Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball club, said it is a relief to have the decision finalized.

I had visits set up for a few other schools, and unfortunately, they had to cancel, said Psotka, whose father, Dalibor, is a former Czech ice hockey world champion and a former professional player in the U.S.

I was really nervous about all of it with the pandemic. Everything was on pause. It was stressful because the NCAA kept pushing back the dead period. I was kind of losing hope. But then it started picking back up, and everything went well. Now, I can just focus on what (College of Charleston head coach Jason Kepner) wants me to improve on before I head to college.

Lynda Scahill, Pittsburgh Elite founder and coach, knows the type of player and person the College of Charleston is getting.

Alexas a very hard-working kid and a fierce competitor, Scahill said. (Coach Kepner) is really excited to have her come into the program. She is the first from the area, that I am aware of, who will play beach volleyball in a collegiate setting.

In the first couple months of the quarantine shutdown in many parts of Pennsylvania, Psotka hoped to find a place to train. She turned to an opportunity out of state at the Elite Volleyball Training Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Pennsylvania opened up in early June under the green phase of recovery, and Psotka returned to hard-court training with her Pitt Elite teammates. But, on the encouragement of the training center staff, she continued to travel to Columbus twice a week throughout the summer to train and play in doubles tournaments on the centers beach courts with Pittsburgh Elite teammate Charlie Allison, a Washington County resident who attends The Linsly School in Wheeling, W.Va.

We got a lot of good experience on the sand courts this summer, Psotka said. We played against some of the best players in the country. I think it also really helped with my indoor skills.

Psotka also trained close to home during the pandemic quarantine. Her parents set up a net in the back yard, and she would also set out on running workouts to stay fit.

Weight training also was a staple of her fitness regimen. Former Pittsburgh Penguins star Tyler Kennedy, a family friend and Dalibors hockey training colleague, helped Alexa by providing training equipment and tips for workouts in the basement of her home.

Psotka said shes motivated to begin the girls volleyball season. Bethel Park hopes to return to the WPIAL playoffs after missing out last fall.

The Black Hawks advanced to the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals in 2018, and Psotka earned second-team All-Section 2 recognition.

We had a lot of skill last year, but it just didnt fall into place for us, Psotka said. We really bonded as a team over the summer, and the chemistry among the players is strong. I think we have everything we need, and we should be a team everyone wants to beat.

Bethel Park coach Brooke Muraco likes what she sees from Psotka as a team leader.

Alexa is a solid outside hitter for us with a ton of energy, Muraco said. Her skills are helping the team become a well-oiled machine.

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In Flagler Beach, A Pitched Battle Over Taxes Is Dividing Commissioners as Administration Draws Fire – FlaglerLive.com

Note: The Bright Side of Life, a celebration of the life of the late Larry Newsom, Flagler Beachs city manager for the past four years, is scheduled for Friday, September 4, at Tortugas restaurant in Flagler Beach from 5 to 7 p.m. Newsom died on Aug. 23.

After two day-long workshops, the Flagler Beach City Commission agreed in an informal 4-1 vote last week to not just to keep next years tax rate flat, but to cut it back to the so-called rolled-back rate, ensuring that there will not be a tax increase.

By Florida law, even if the tax rate stays the same, if a property owner sees a higher tax bill because his or her property values have improved, thats considered a tax increase. Only going back to the rolled-back rate ensures against such an increase. (See a complete explanation of the rolled-back rate here.)

There was no question that a majority of commissioners agreed to go to rollback.

Yet on Friday, commissioners got two surprises. The first was notice that two commissioners, Jane Mealy, who chairs the commission, and Deborah Phillips, had signed a call for an unusual third budget workshop. Thats set for Sept. 3. The second surprise was the revised budget book Kathleen Doyle, the finance director, submitted.

Doyle in a memo submitted the updated budget. But the tax rate was set at $5.4552, not the $5.285 the city commission had explicitly agreed upon.

Doyle explained that the rate of 5.4552 is the roll back rate of 5.2850 plus the Florida Per Capita Personal Income Increase of 3.22%. This Increase is per Florida Statute 200.001.

Doyle made it sound as if Florida law required the additional increase. It does not. The only thing Florida law does is require the Office of Economic and Demographic Research to report per capita income increases as calculated by the federal government. The requirement has no other effect. It is certainly not a requirement of local governments to include the increase as part of their tax rate: state law does not force any such increases on local governments no matter how much per capita income, or inflation, fluctuate in a community.

The measure is advisory onlyits one way to measure increased demand for government services, though by no means the only or most accurate waywith one caveat: once calculated into the proposed property tax rate, that rate is also the maximum rate that a simple majority of commissioners (three out of five in Flagler Beach) may approve in order to enact the budget.

The Mealy-Phillips request for another meeting, in other words, suggests that such a majority may be in the making, countering the effort to go back to rollback.

Commissioner Eric Cooley on Saturday wrote Doughney: At the conclusion of last meeting, concensus was reached and direction was given to staff to budget at rollback. No where was direction given to do rollback plus (random items). This book and update does not follow the last public direction given. There has been no public changes to direction given to staff so I am confused why this is even being presented to us in this manner? I request the budget book be prepared following the direction from the last meeting. Please advise.

Cooley worries theres been back-channel activity.

That was not the direction that came from our meeting. Our meeting was, you were going to set a budget book based on rollback, Cooley said In an interview on Sunday. Someone has gone to staff and given them different direction than the direction that was given to them at our meeting by the commissioners. Cooley said the commissions direction was being undermined by somebody, and that come Thursday, its going to be one of the first questions I ask when we call our meeting to order.

He added: This type of tactic, our city is supposed to be better than that, this is the kind of tactic you come across with the county, not our city. This is the first time Ive seen it.

Commissioner Rick Belhumeur put it more bluntly: Its a conspiracy. I dont know of a better word to explain it, he said, referring to the city administration, which he says drives the budget process more than it should, given the commissions role.

Cooley and Belhumeur may also be overstating the case: while the Doyle memo may have poorly conveyed its meaning, sounding more prescriptive than advisory, it does not lock the commission into voting for the higher property tax rate, but only provides for what the numbers would be at those various tax rates, as budget documents usually do.The decision is still in commissioners hands, with two hearings, on Sept. 16 and Sept. 30 at 5 p.m., when any line item, any number, may still change.

Belhumeur and Cooley have been pushing through the two budget hearings to lower the tax rate well below that Larry Newsom, the late city manager, had initially proposed. They disputed a range of new spending, from license plate readers for the police department to drones for various departments to capital improvements to the sanitation office to increases in the amounts the fire department is asking to add to its fire truck reserve fund, and so on. They say the commission has raised taxes year after year. This year, with the coronavirus emergency, it should hold back and give taxpayers a breather.

Im not looking at changing the millage rate this year at all. I think this city has been through enough, and I do appreciate what the commission has done over the last three and a half years, Newsom had said in his very last interview earlier this month, when he spoke to FlaglerLive on the budget. I think we can take a break on the millage rate. I cant promise anything on utilities. He added: I dont want to do rollback because then youre doing catch-up.

Thats Mealys approach.

Newsom agreed that, after proposing to buy a new fire truck earlier this year, that plan should be shelved until a future year. That was my mistake, he said of the fire truck. That was my suggestion, it wasnt the fire chief, so I accept the responsibility for that, however, we can make it last for a few more years, but that trucks been in the budget for quite a long time, I was just trying to move it up.

In July, Newsom had proposed a maximum tentative tax rate of $5.8 per $1,000 in taxable value, but I think tentative should be put in quotation marks, he saidmeaning that it was just a working number, not a guide.

But when he submitted the proposal at the July 23 meeting, he advised the commission against going back to rollback ($5.285), though he said hed be comfortable with keeping the rate equal to what it is currently: $5.710 per $1,000 in taxable value. Setting the proposed rate only means that the commission may not exceed it once it votes on the actual rate at two successive public hearings in September, but it may lower it by then.

Cooley and Belhumeur wanted the tentative rate set at $5.710, the current rate. Their motion at the July 23 meeting failed. Mealy, Ken Bryan and Phillips wanted it set at $5.8, and won that vote, 3-2.

Its easier to understand the numbers with an actual example. Take Commissioner Phillipss house on Palm Avenue. Its valued at $350,000, assessed at $296,467a $6,665 improvement from the previous yearwith a $50,000 exemption, making its taxable value $246,467. In 2019, Phillipss Flagler Beach tax bill was $1,336, up from $1,263 the year before, when the tax rate was $5.39.

At a $5.8 tax rate, Phillips would pay $1,430. If the city commission maintains next years tax rate the same as it is this year, Phillips would pay $1,407. If the city goes back to the rollback rate of $5.2850, her tax bill would drop to $1,302. If the rate goes below the rollback rate, then the tax bill would go lower still, depending on where the rate is set.

In order to go back to rollback, Doyle told commissioners that the various city departments would have to cut a combined $190,000 out of a general fund budget of roughly $7 million.

The question at the very end of the day-long workshop last week was how to get there. Mealy was not interested in delegating the task entirely to the administration. Cooley, Belhumeur and Bryan did not want to micromanager, but rather give the administration the bottom line number (the rollback rate) and have it work back to it.

Theres a fundamental problem with how were going about this that I have an issue with, Cooley said. So for instance, if I think we need to be at rollback, OK, then I should not be charged with being tasked with taking out little pieces of the budget here and there that have been added in by staff. I should be able to go to our heads of staff and our city manager and say, this is where we need to be. You all are smart people, you know what your needs are, and you guys figure it out. He said the administration should make the numbers work. If you added stuff that inflate it, you take it out, and then youll still have plenty of money, because this year that were in is really well funded.

That sounds really nice except that gasoline goes up, utilities go up, and bla bla bla, Mealy said. (Actually, fuel costs have fallen significantly because of the covid crisis, and utility costs were set to fall). So we tell Matt hes got to cut his department to whatever the rollback rate would be to his department.

But its not a cutback, Cooley said.

Yes it is, because when you look at his operations costs, gas goes up, so do we not let the police drive as far? Electricity goes up, so do we tell them to turn the lights off at night?

That is a very exaggerated argument, Cooley said, citing the small amounts Mealy was referring to.

Bryan sought to clarify Cooleys point: if it takes cutting 2 percent out of the projected budget in order to return to rollback, then each department would have to cut back next years budget by 2 percent.

We would be potentially saying you spend what you spent the year that were in, Cooley said, and to Janes point, there are some things that are more expensive. If you give raises to your staff, that will mean that something else needs to come out. The changes are not drastic. These are not big changes. Were sounding like were going to starve people, and thats not the case. Now, I reviewed all of this, and I have found a litany of things in here that are not necessities. But I dont want to be the one to tell the department heads which ones that they can choose from. I would want them to do it and just hit the number.

See, we did that, Mealy said. Under a previous administration, we had the administrator tell each department hey, cut your department by 10 percent, and thats where we ended up with vehicles that werent working, with jobs that werent getting done. They cut by 10 percent. They did.

Doyle is heard correcting Mealyto 3 percent.

I dont care what the percent is, Mealy said. I never agreed to giving a blank percent to departments. I think its a terrible way to run things.

Bryan said its not unusual in government to give standards to meet, and that the administration be the ones that decide where its going to be, if were going to go that route, to a rollback rate. (Bryan did have concerns about going to rollback if it meant defraying a too-high increase the following year, though he did misinterpret the facts: It may lead to a reduced millage rate for some folks, he said, but in actuality its probably going to stay about the same. Thats not correct: the rollback rate would, in fact, reduce the property tax rate for all, without exception: )

Then whats our role? Mealy asked.

Bryan deflected with a joke about giving up 3 percent of his salary. See, I dont agree with this, Mealy continued. I think that staff and the city manager pout a budget together, supposedly with needs and not many wants. I think its our roles as representatives of the people of Flagler Beach to go through the budget and see how much we think each department should have. I guess I see things differently. No, I dont want to look at how many pairs of boots the fire department has. Dont want to do that. But perhaps one department can cut a bigger percent than another department can.

Commissioner Rick Belhumeur agreed with that, but also agreed with Cooley that something had to give when it came to find the budget work. He said he supported a baseline budget, not that you start with a number and you work until you get to it. Thats what Ive hated about this process since I got here. In this case, this year, Im going to stand with Eric, and I think we need to hit rollback.

Why did we spend from 9 to 5 for two days going through all this? Mealy asked. I dont get it.

Well, I think youve got to decide: does the commission as a whole want to go to rollback? Mayor Linda Provencher asked, trying to break the logjam. If you guys dont agree on that, its a moot point. She added, if three of you dont want to go to rollback, theres no point to this conversation.

Cooley pressed on. Every single solitary layer of government in this country right now is making efforts to help out the taxpayers because of the drastic impact of the pandemic, he said. This year is not a normal year. This is a completely different year than anything weve had. Next year is going to be different. Fingers crossed. He crossed his fingers. But we cant be the only ones who are not doing that. We have to chip in also. So that is where I used my rationale, because I have voted for tax increases as a commissioner, and there have been specific, pointed things that I unwanted to ask our citizens to step up and help out with. We were very far behind from previous administration.

Initially, Cooley wanted to go below rollback just a little. Where Im at is rollback or a touch below that, he said.

Bryan agreed, leaving it up to the department directors on how to get there.

When the mayor asked for a show of hand from those who wanted to go back to the rolledback rate, all commissioners raised their hand with the exception of Mealy. Its a majority, Mealy said.

We have to as a city cut $190,000 Doyle said, not each department per se, however the city manager decides to cut $190,000 out of the budget.

I think were abdicating our role, Mealy said.

But the other commissioners agreed to leave it up to the city manager.

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Red the Steakhouse Moves to a New South Beach Location – Miami New Times

When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered restaurants to close their dining rooms as COVID-19 descended back in March, Red South Beach chef/partner Peter Vauthy did what he could to keep staff employed and fed. He prepared meals for first responders and cooked fried chicken for takeaway. June brought the go-aheadfrom Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenezto reopen dining rooms followed weeks later by an about-face from Gimenez, who nixed indoor dining.

Red had no outdoor seating.

Vauthy saw only one way to keep his restaurant from shuttering permanently: Move to a new location.

Red South Beach has found a new home in the same South of Fifth neighborhood, in the former Mira Five Stars restaurant space at the Marea condo on South Pointe Drive.

The spot hit all the notes he was looking for: a large, modern kitchen, a great location, and an extended outdoor patio with covered areas. Vauthy tells New Times that having a patio is essential for the foreseeable future. "When we had no outside dining, we were essentially doing no business. It became obvious to me that we needed outdoor space."

Vauthy says he has been working on the lease for a few months. It took five weeks to get the kitchen to his specifications. The new Red South Beach should be open in two weeks, if not sooner. The restaurant is finished and awaiting approval from the City of Miami Beach.

Initially, the restaurant will offer patio dining only (in addition to takeout). The outdoor patio seats up to 70 guests, accounting for social distancing. Most of the space is covered and protected from the elements. "The view is going to be incredible," Vauthy says. "It's a beautiful outdoor space. When people come to Miami, they want to be outside."

Once open, the indoor dining area will seat about 140, plus a glass-enclosed VIP room, two other private rooms, and a bar area with its own seating. Red's wine cellar will also be moved to the new space.

The menu will remain the same: prime steaks, fresh seafood, and decadent sides. Vauthy plans to add a four-course Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (including the option to addunlimited Champagne, bloody marys, or other noontime libations.

Also new: the Red butcher shop, which will offer ready-to-grill steaks, sustainable seafood, and spice rubs.

All menu items will continue to be available for takeout and delivery.

The most important thing to the chef is reopening and staying open for his employees.

"I need to open and be back to work for the 40-plus people who work for me," Vauthy says. "I've tried to keep key people on the payroll since the pandemic began, and I've kept my doors open for my employees. They know they can come in and get a meal. It's a people business and we have to take care of our people."

Looking beyond the reopening, he remains optimistic. "There's this built-in community that supports the local restaurants here," he says. "It's an extended neighborhood family."

Red South Beach. 801 South Pointe Dr., Miami Beach; 305-534-3688; redsobe.com.

Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.


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Police Arrest 5 at Kahalu’u Beach Park For Violation of COVID-19 Protocol – Big Island Now

Police cars line the street nearKahaluu Beach Park on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. PC: Rachel Silverman

Hawaii County Police on Saturday arrested five individuals for violating COVID-19 protocols as part of a gathering at Kahaluu Beach Park in West Hawaii.

HPD Assistant Chief Robert Wagner said officers responded to a report of roughly two dozen people gathered under the large oceanside pavilion in the park. Michelle Melendez, who organized the gathering, described the event as a peaceful Hawaii Health Summit. A flyer promoting the event, which was scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noted several planned speakers and discussion topics including Is there science behind face masks? and the Health risks of 5G.

Wagner said when police arrived at around 5 p.m., they observed approximately 30 people under the pavilion. Police reported none of the individuals were wearing face masks or social distancing, both of which are new rules required under emergency proclamations issued by Big Island Mayor Harry Kim and Hawaii Gov. David Ige.

Upon contact with these individuals, officers attempted to educate these parties on the most recent Governors Emergency Proclamation, Wagner said. However, they refused to listen or comply with the officers. Officers then began to issue citations, where the crowd then became belligerent and hostile.

Officers then requested additional units to their location, Wagner continued. Once additional officers were on scene, they began arresting all individuals who were in violation of the Emergency Proclamation, therefore causing others to disperse. All five individuals were arrested and charged with (multiple) offenses.

Police chargedGene Tamashiro, M-53 of Hilo; Stefanie Nolff, F-48 of Keaau; Diane Fischer, F-65 of Kailua-Kona; Melody Harris, F-60 of Kailua-Kona; andMichaele Medearis, F-53, of Holualoa with the following offenses:

Melendez disputed the polices version of events.

We had just finished the ending prayer and were about to leave when (three) cops came. I was packing up and people were staying, Melendez said. They called in 22 cops in 15 cop cars speeding down Alii (Drive) with their sirens and lights on. This was not an emergency.

Contrary to police remarks, Melendez claims there was no communication between officers and the crowd before arrests were effected.

There were more cops than people by the time all the officers got out of their cars. They were standing there not saying a word to us, she said. Once they all were there they walked toward us and started grabbing people and arresting them. They didnt say a word.

Melendez did not dispute police assertions that those gathered at the beach park failed to wear masks and socially distance, but she did dispute the characterization of her groups actions Saturday as illegal.

They were charged with not wearing a mask, not social distancing, gathering with more than 10 people, and not dispersing. These are not laws, she said. They should have been processed and let go that night but instead had a $6,500 bail. Peaceful people, no weapons, no harm to anyone. We were at a public beach.

All four women had been bailed out as of Sunday, Melendez said, while Tamashiro chose to remain in jail until he is arraigned.

To date, there have been 340 cases of COVID-19 identified on the Big Island and more than 8,300 statewide. Hilo Medical Center reported two coronavirus-related deaths Sunday, the first two on the Big Island since health officials began tracking the pandemic in late February. At least 63 people statewide had died of coronavirus-related illness as of noon Sunday. Most were elderly and suffered from underlying health issues.

Mayor Kim said he would not issue a new lockdown on the Big Island where cases have surged in recent days, but did promise stricter police enforcement for those not following COVID-19 rules, which are authorized via emergency proclamations at the county and state level. Saturdays arrests at Kahaluu Beach Park constituted the first major coronavirus-related police endeavor since the mayor announced enforcement would increase.

We are starting a peaceful Hawaii Freedom Walk on Saturdays at 3 p.m. at (Queen Kaahumanu) Highway and Henry Street to protest this action, as well as the unlawful mandates, Melendez said. We will be six feet apart in silence with our signs. To learn more go to http://Hawaiifreedomwalk.com.

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Cape Cod towns restrict beaches to only residents, close parking lots amid coronavirus – Boston Herald

Cape Cod towns that are trying to make sure their beaches are not too crowded this summer are keeping out nonresidents and implementing new parking rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In Truro, for instance, the Head of the Meadow beach parking lot is closed to vehicles until late August.

This will allow for safe physical distancing for visitors at both the seashore and town managed beaches, reads the alert from the National Seashore Massachusetts. Bicyclists and pedestrians may enter.

In Mashpee, only town residents can access the communitys beaches as a result of overcrowding at Johns Pond and other town beaches.

This beach access restriction is intended to advance the interests of the aforementioned Advisories and Guidances by preventing large gatherings at and overcrowding of the Town Beaches during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, states the Board of Selectmen order. All persons authorized to access said Beaches during this temporary restriction will be expected to comply with all recommended COVID-19 safety measures, including appropriate social-distancing and wearing of face masks when social-distancing is not possible, while on the Town Beaches.

Falmouth earlier this summer reduced capacity at its beach municipal lots to 50% because of the virus. However, town officials have decided to now expand parking at the Mill Road lot on a trial basis because the Surf Drive beach has not been overcrowded, said Town Manager Julian Suso.

Were going to continue to monitor the conditions at the different beaches in town, he said.

There has been no documented evidence of the coronavirus spreading at Falmouth beaches, Suso added. Eleven town lifeguards have tested positive for the virus, which was connected to a social gathering after work hours, he said.

In Barnstable, staff at beach gates have informed beachgoers about wearing masks and staying 12 feet apart from other groups.

We havent had many issues, said Recreation Director Patti Machado. The beaches are large enough, so people can spread out.

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New Coral Reef Information Signs Installed at 39 Maui Beaches – Maui Now

Photo credit: Geoff Moore

The Maui Nui Marine Resource Council has installed new coral reef information signs at 39 Maui beaches. The signs feature large colorful photos of sea turtles, corals and marine life, and the headline, Protect Mauis Coral Reefs.

Twenty-nine of the signs are replacements for coral reef information signs created and installed about ten years ago by Project S.E.A.-Link. These signs had since become faded and weather-worn. An additional ten signs were installed at new locations, including Hookipa, Launiupoko and Polo Beach.

The signs instruct beachgoers to avoid walking or standing on coral because coral is alive and easily damaged by such actions. Other advice includes choosing sunscreen thats free of reef-harming oxybenzone and octinoxate, and protecting sea turtles and other wildlife by giving them their space.

Our goal was to use colorful eye-catching photography to attract people to the signs and then to provide friendly and compelling information about the basics of protecting the reefs while they snorkel, swim, dive, paddle or surf, said Mike Fogarty, Acting Director of Maui Nui Marine Resource Council. Were very pleased with the result and the positive reaction from the public.

Maui Nui Marine Resource Council was able to create and produce these signs with support provided by Hawaii Tourism plus assistance from Maui Visitors Bureau. The signs were designed by Geoff Moore, owner of Silver Moon Art and Design in Pia. Photographs for the sign were donated by Drew Sulock, a local nature/adventure photographer and owner of Drew Sulock Creations.

Thorne Abbott of Coastal Planners, LLC donated time to help Maui Nui Marine Resource Council with permitting requirements. The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation also provided assistance in planning the installation of the signs at County parks.

The signs were installed by two local companies: Maui Rebuilders LLC and Maui Neon & Signs.

Im really proud to have been an ongoing part of this public awareness campaign, and to have the opportunity to update the graphics and messaging to be fresh and relevant, said Geoff Moore, who had designed both the original signs and the newly installed signs. Its important to me to inform Mauis ocean users about protecting our coral reefs. I believe this will give the animals there the best opportunity to survive amongst so many environmental challenges.

The coral reef information signs include a link to a snorkeling information page at http://www.mauireefs.org/snorkel which was created by Maui Nui Marine Resource Council and includes free downloadable fish cards, instructional videos and other information about snorkeling on Maui.

The coral reef signs help to reinforce messages that visitors will see on the window displays that Maui Nui Marine Resource Council installed at the Kahului Airport, says Fogarty. Were now planning public service announcements and social media advertising to provide additional reinforcement of these important reef conservation points.

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Restricting Beach Access to Residents Only – The New York Times

Connecticut and New York residents who dont live along the coast are likely feeling the heat more than usual this summer, as one town after another has closed off its beaches to everyone except locals.

Citing the need to prevent the spread of Covid-19, officials have instituted varying degrees of residents only policies on beaches in every coastal Fairfield County town except Greenwich, with Darien and Stamford the latest to shut off access. Some towns farther up the shoreline, including Milford, Madison and Groton, have enacted similar measures.

Many Long Island municipalities are also restricting access to town beaches, including Long Beach, Hempstead, Huntington and Southampton.

By shunning outsiders, towns appear to be butting up against legal mandates that require them to maintain public access. But officials argue that with state beaches operating at reduced capacity, town beaches are getting much more traffic than usual, creating a hazard for residents.

Jennings Beach in Fairfield, Conn., is open only to residents on weekends, a policy adopted in mid-July after the first selectwoman, Brenda Kupchick, received a rash of complaints that there were too many people trying to stake out a spot on the sand.

We had people parking all over the beach area, parking a mile or two away, or taking an Uber and walking on, she said. We have multiple ways to get onto our beaches, right in the middle of residential areas. People were emailing me like crazy saying it was unsafe.

Fairfield has since fenced off various entry points to Jennings and other beaches, posted police officers, and raised parking fines from $80 to $200. Up to 150 nonresident vehicles are allowed to park in the Jennings lot on weekdays for a $50 fee.

On the first Saturday the policy took effect, many residents were caught off guard when a parks and recreation worker stood on the main pathway to the beach asked them to show I.D. Most, though, expressed relief at the new requirement. Our virus numbers in Fairfield are low right now wed all like it to stay that way, said Sara Tieke, who was biking past the beach with her husband, Brad. You have to draw the line somewhere.

But civil-liberties advocates say such restrictions conflict with a 2001 state Supreme Court decision that found that the town of Greenwichs residents-only policy, which had been in place for decades, was unconstitutional. Since then, towns have opened their beaches to nonresidents, though many still effectively restrict access by limiting the number of available passes or charging hefty daily parking fees.

David McGuire, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the 2001 case, said the ACLU is concerned that the virus is being used as a justification for exclusionary beach policies that in decades past were used as a tool for racial injustice.

Im not saying thats happening now, but we cant allow the pandemic to be an excuse for unfair treatment of people, Mr. McGuire said. Capacity limits are important, but a resident-only scheme doesnt address the issue of social distancing. What they really ought to do is put a cap on how many people can be on the beach, and allow people in on a first-come-first-serve basis. That is a policy grounded in science.

Further, he said, policies that reserve the beach for residents on weekends while opening it up to nonresidents on weekdays are clearly designed to give preferential or exclusive access to residents during certain periods, which is unfair and unconstitutional.

But municipal officials do not want to have to turn away their own residents on busy weekends.

Our taxpayers pay for lifeguards, Department of Public Works employees for maintenance of the beaches, law enforcement its a lot of money, Ms. Kupchick said. To say to your residents who pay that, you cant go it doesnt seem right.

Mr. McGuire said his office will scrutinize all residents-only ordinances and their enforcement to determine if they comply with the 2001 Supreme Court decision.

In Nassau County, on Long Island, the city of Long Beach stopped selling nonresident daily beach passes on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as of July 23. The beach was getting too crowded, due in large part to overflow from Jones Beach and Robert Moses, which were reaching capacity early in the day on weekends, said Joe Brand, the citys interim parks and recreation commissioner.

We were overrun with nonresident sales on the weekends in addition to our resident clientele, Mr. Brand said.

Gate attendants and security are now posted at each beach entrance. If the beach is too crowded at any one entrance, attendants will close it and urge residents to enter at a different location.

Thats easier than telling people they cant access at all, Mr. Brand said.

At the county-run Nickerson Beach, county officials closed parking to nonresidents back in May in response to Mayor Bill de Blasios decision to keep New York City beaches closed. That policy ended once New York City opened its beaches in July.

Because city beaches hadnt been opened, we wanted to avoid people coming from the city and overcrowding, said Jordan Carmon, a spokesman for the county executive, Laura Curran. The entire point was the health and safety of residents and ensuring that county residents had access to the single county beach that they pay to maintain and operate.

Restricting public access along that shoreline could potentially violate federal policies that require communities that accept federal funds for beach restoration to maintain public access. Last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a $130 million storm risk reduction project in Long Beach, Lido Beach and Point Lookout.

Stuart Malec, a spokesman for Representative Kathleen M. Rice, said the congresswomans district office on Long Island had inquired with the Army Corps about the restrictions. He said they received this response from the Army Corps public affairs office: Any decisions made by local health official and authorities to temporarily close or limit access to beaches due to the Covid pandemic is not expected to affect any funding decisions regarding future long-term repair assistance or renourishment actions for those projects.

Back in Connecticut, Brenden Leydon, the Stamford lawyer who brought the lawsuit challenging Greenwichs exclusionary policy 19 years ago, said the pandemic makes the issue of access more murky, but that town officials should try to approach it with flexibility.

They should perhaps take it on a day-by-day basis, lets see how its going, rather than just say the beach is closed to nonresidents until October, Mr. Leydon said. Such blanket declarations, he noted, are hard to justify when the towns are, at the same time, welcoming nonresidents to come to their restaurants for indoor dining.

Greenwich, for its part, is trying to strike a balance, making available up to 350 nonresident beach passes a day, said Fred Camillo, the first selectman. The passes are $8, and there is a $40 parking fee at Greenwich Point and Byram Park beaches.

You want to be as welcoming as you can, while being fair to the residents who are footing the bill too, Mr. Camillo said.

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Petition Created to Keep Framingham Beaches Open Beyond August 9 – framinghamsource.com

FRAMINGHAM Today is the last day the City of Framinghams beaches are open. The City will close all its beaches at 5 p.m. August 9.

But a Framingham mom has started a petition to keep the beaches open through Labor Day, September 7.

Typically, the City of Framingham beaches are open from the third week in June through the third week of August.

This year, the beaches were only open from July 1 through August 9.

Typical the Citys beaches are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. but this year, the beaches were open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

We are asking for the beaches of the City of Framingham, MA to remain open until Labor Day. Now more than ever we need access to local recreation. Beaches are one of the few places we can go to remain local while on a tight budget to stay cool during this very hot summer, and while maintaining strict social distancing. An extra two weeks of beach time is all the difference, especially since school has a delayed opening and will be remote, wrote Kat Suwalski, a Framingham resident.

Budget funding appears adequate, given that thenew fiscal year has just started July 1, stated the petition. We implore you to consider the effect this pandemic has had on local families unable to take advantage of all the normal recreational activities available under normal circumstances.

The 11-member City Council voted unanimously in June a resolution to have the Citys beaches be free this year. The Spicer administration agreed and for the first time in more than a decade, the Citys beaches were free to residents.

The City staffs three beaches with lifeguards from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Lake Waushakum, learned Pond Beach, and Saxonville beach.


Editors Note: In full transparency, the editor of SOURCE has signed the petition. The editor has been a resident of Framingham since 2000.

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HPD issues hundreds of citations on first day of beach closure – KHON2

HONOLULU (KHON2) Beaches and parks across Oahu closed for the second time on Saturday.

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Under Mayor Kirk Caldwells new order, no one is allowed to walk, stand, or lay out on the beach. People can fish below the high-water mark and people can go into the ocean for activities like surfing, swimming, and diving.

The closure is to prevent people from gathering in large groups, which was seen at many beaches across Oahu last weekend.

Even though beaches, parks, and all parking lots were closed, hundreds of people still drove up to places like North Shore on Saturday.

I think its ridiculous theres so many cars parked up and down Kamehameha Highway, as you can see its packed. It looks like any other summer day or when we were opened to tourists, said North Shore resident Tristan Bates.

Theres people all over the rocks, theres people just leisurely hanging out and it seems like theres people from everywhere, he continued.

Honolulu police officers were out in full force across the island issuing citations and making sure people were not walking on the sand.

One North Shore resident said she went to Ke Iki beach to jump in, but because the waves were a little big, she said she walked further down the beach to find a safe zone to enter the water.

And two HPD officers on ATVs surrounded me and informed me, Youre not to walk on the beach, so when I explained to them I was looking for a safe place to jump in, and they said Well do it, jump in now and leave, explained Kristina Marquez.

The new restrictions are a disappointment for many people.

Its really disappointing that the beaches are closed, said Honolulu resident Courtney Khan. Especially at the end of summer and when school has just been delayed.

North Shore businesses hope the new closure wont have affect business.

Now that they have closed the beaches well see if it makes a difference because a lot of people go to the beach and they stop here on the way or on the way back, but we today we are pretty busy, explained Cholos owner Nancy Selemi.

HPD said they handed out 220 citations on Saturday to people either at beaches, parks, or who were in large gatherings. HPD said those who received a citation will have to appear in court.

HPDs hotline will be activated at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9.

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