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A place for beach lovers to share information about surf, sand and sea life. Tell us what you find on the shore each day, and we'll stay diligent about keeping our beaches healthy and beautiful.

Location: "south palm beach", manalapan, "ocean ridge", "briny breezes", lantana, "boynton beach", "gulf stream", "delray beach"
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Comment by Mary Kate Leming on January 22, 2016 at 2:51pm

WHAT:           CITY OF LAKE WORTH BEACH BONFIRES

  WHEN:           FRIDAY, January 22, 2016

                        6:00 PM – 9:00PM

  WHERE:         LAKE WORTH BEACH

                       

 

WHO:              THIS EVENT IS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:      

 

Lake Worth, Florida- Unfortunately, tonight’s bonfire Friday, January 22nd is cancelled due to inclement weather.

 

Save the Dates for our next beach bonfires! February 12th and 26th! Pack your beach chairs, coolers and your s’more kits!

 

For more information please call (561) 533-7395.

 

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OF OUR UPCOMING EVENT!

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on August 28, 2015 at 11:16am

Public Service’s Notice to Close the Lake Worth Pier  

The City of Lake Worth’s Public Services Department would like to announce they will be closing the Lake Worth Pier to remove the wooden decking today August 28, 2015, until further notice due to storm preparation lead times and the forecasted significant wind gusts/wave heights from Tropical Storm Erika. 

At this time the Lake Worth Beach, Benny’s on the Beach, and the Casino Building will remain open until further notice. 

For more information regarding Benny’s hours of operation please contact them directly at 561-582-9001. 

For the public’s safety and safety of our employees, please heed all warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service (NOAA) or visit their website at www.nhc.noaa.gov

For more information on this press release, please feel free to call the Public Services Administration Office at 561-586-1720.   

What:  Closing of the Lake Worth Pier Where: 10 S Ocean Blvd.   Lake Worth, FL 33460 When:   August  28, 2015   9am

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on November 21, 2012 at 8:18am

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on November 20, 2012 at 12:18pm

Club’s Live Manatee Webcams “Wow” Viewers –

Check Out www.manatv.org

 

From coast to coast and around the globe, people are watching and enjoying wild manatees in their natural habitat on Save the Manatee Club’s live webcams at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Florida.  This past January, the Club strategically placed underwater and above-water cameras in the park’s spring run to provide mass live streaming of endangered manatees and other magnificent Florida wildlife at www.manatv.org.  Much of each day’s live views are archived for those who have missed it, or if not much is happening on any given day, so there is always something interesting for viewers to see when visiting the livecams page.

 

In winter, wild manatees are found in Florida at warm-water sites such as natural springs and effluents of power plants, as they are a subtropical species and cannot tolerate prolonged exposure to water temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.  Blue Spring is one of the most important warm-water refuges for the Upper St. Johns River manatees, with a constant year-round temperature of 72 degrees.

 

“As we had hoped, Blue Spring webcam viewers have watched millions of minutes of manatees in their natural habitat,” says Patrick Rose, an aquatic biologist and Save the Manatee Club’s Executive Director.  “It’s absolutely thrilling to watch manatees just being manatees, playing and cavorting.  It gives viewers who might never otherwise see a manatee the opportunity to view them up close, in real time, and to observe them in their natural environment.”

 

Rose explains that the webcams offer unique opportunities for additional manatee research, as well as helping with preliminary health assessments of individual manatees who may be injured or sick, and to identify calves who are orphaned and need rescuing.  In addition, viewers who visit the site can read the latest manatee reports from Wayne Hartley, the Club’s Manatee Specialist and former Park Ranger and Principal Investigator for manatee research conducted at Blue Spring State Park.  Visitors to the webcams will also see alligators and a variety of spectacular Florida fish, birds, and turtles.

 

“The webcams help raise public awareness about manatees, attract countless new fans around the world, and ultimately strengthen the connection between people and Florida’s endangered manatee,” Rose adds.  “Hopefully, people will come to understand the vital role manatees and manatee protection efforts play in the aquatic ecosystem.”

 

Save the Manatee Club is a 501-(c)-3 nonprofit conservation and manatee welfare organization, established in 1981 by world-renowned singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett and former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator, Bob Graham.

 

For more information about manatees and the Club’s Adopt-A-Manatee® program, visit the website at www.savethemanatee.org.  Also, sign up for the Club’s free E-Newsletter. 

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 12, 2012 at 6:57am

Sun-Sentinel: Huge eyeball turns up in Pompano Beach

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on June 30, 2012 at 12:48pm

Oceana Opens Voting for 4th Annual Ocean Heroes Award Contest

Finalists Hail From FL, OR, CA, AK, VA and ME

Washington, DC- Today Oceana announces the beginning of public voting for its 4th annual Ocean Heroes Contest. After carefully reviewing over 400 nominations for America’s most exceptional contributors to ocean conservation, Oceana selected a unique group of six adult finalists and five junior finalists who hail from all corners of the country.

Guided by the biographies and accomplishments of each finalist, the public is invited to vote until July 11, 2012. Votes should be submitted at www.oceana.org/heroes 

“With finalists from Fort Lauderdale to Alaska, Los Angeles to the rocky coast of Maine, Oceana has chosen a diverse group of everyday ocean heroes from around the country who deserve to be recognized for their commitments to ocean conservation,” said Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless. “These finalists use their unique talents to protect the oceans with projects like serving sustainable seafood, producing films about marine animals, diving for the removal of marine debris and more – all while reminding us that there are endless ways to protect the oceans in our everyday lives. Now it’s up to America to pick the winners.”

Based on the voting results, a winner in each division will be announced on July 18, 2012.

Oceana’s Ocean Heroes Contest is made possibly by its partners Nautica and Revo Sunglasses. All adult and junior finalists will receive prize packages that include a $100 gift card to Nautica.com; a pair of Revo sunglasses that feature a 100% recycled frame material and a high contrast polarized water lens that is tailored to the specific light-absorbance profile of ocean water. Nautica is providing a $500 gift card to the winners in each category.

To learn more about each finalist and vote for a hero, visit www.oceana.org/heroes 

Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, we have protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 550,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. Global in scope, Oceana has offices in North, South and Central America and Europe. To learn more, please visit www.oceana.org.

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on April 25, 2012 at 2:04pm

Leatherback turtle makes rare daytime appearance in Pompano Beach

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on April 25, 2012 at 2:01pm

Check out sea turtle tracks over beach patrol tracks just north of Boynton Inlet.

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on March 23, 2012 at 3:26pm

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on March 23, 2012 at 2:58pm

Easy Actions for Beach Lovers

Tuesday marked the first day of spring. While in some states, that might have residents anticipating the end of a snowy winter, in Florida it often represents the beginning of beach weather.

Florida’s 825 miles of sandy beaches attract millions of beach lovers each year. Some folks love to be a part of the crowds at the most popular beaches, while others prefer a more secluded seaside for yoga stretches or romantic strolls, or one where the mullet run and the red drum roll.

Whether you’re a local who gets a daily dose of the coast, a seasonal resident, a weekend sun worshiper or a once-a-year visitor, there are many easy actions that can ensure your favorite beach spot keeps the natural characteristics that keep you coming back.

Honeymoon Island State Park-Photo credit Christina Rueb

Before you go:

  • Pack a waste-free picnic lunch or snack pack.
  • Pack your beach towels, sunscreen and other beach supplies in reusable bags.
  • Locate nearby restroom facilities; many beaches also provide showers, so you can keep the sand on the beach and out of your vehicle. Check DEP’s online beach guide for a list of amenities on public beaches.
  • If you’re more into catching fish than catching a tan, learn what kind of license is required and species size limits by visiting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website, where you can also obtain a license online.

On the Beach:

  • Keep litter off the beach and be sure to anchor plastic bags. Nearly 95,000 plastic bags were removed from Florida’s beaches in 2010. Plastic bags can end up in the gulf or Atlantic waters where sea turtles mistake them for a jellyfish lunch. Keep a bag handy for trash and recyclables.
  • Pick up after your pets.
  • Reel in and properly dispose of tangled fishing line, broken corks, hooks or other tackle. Discarded fishing line can entangle dolphins, pelicans and other ocean and shore dwelling creatures.
  • Use pathways and boardwalks when available to protect dunes and native vegetation.

Upon Departure:

  • Properly dispose of leftover food items and scraps. Predators scavenging for food may be detrimental to area threatened or endangered species.
  • Fill in any holes created during your visit. Creating moats and holes with sand shovels is fun, but presents a challenge to hatchling sea turtles after you leave.
  • Dispose of cigarettes properly. In 2010, the International Coastal Cleanup removed 1,892,526 cigarettes and cigarette filters from beaches around the world; more than 200,000 of these were on Florida’s beaches.
  • Follow a “Pack in, pack out” philosophy. Make sure everything you brought to the beach leaves the beach and is put into the proper trash cans or recycle bins.

One thing you should take from your beach visit – a lot of photos for unforgettable memories.

Find more easy actions to protect our environment.

 

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