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August 30, 2005 | Scott Doggett
THE jellyfish invasion along Southern California beaches this summer appears to be waning in time for the Labor Day weekend. The big, gelatinous creatures have been a beachgoer's scourge this year, although divers have been wowed at swimming among legions of the animals. "They appear to have tapered off everywhere," says John Moore, founder of, a diving resource for Southern California. Lifeguards at Huntington Beach have treated 5,492 cases of jellyfish injuries this summer.
Who says scholarly work has to be boring? A new $800,000 study has researchers out in the sun and sand to quantify the value of a day at the beach. As summer approaches, a team of economists, scientists and environmentalists has begun examining how people use beaches in Orange and Los Angeles counties and what the experience is worth to them in dollars and cents.
May 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Army Corps of Engineers has removed World War I-era military munitions discovered on two Jersey Shore beaches, and officials expect the sand and surf will be ready for Memorial Day crowds. The material was dumped at sea by the military decades ago, where it sat until it was sucked off the ocean floor and onto the sand by a dredge pipe during a beach replenishment project on Long Beach Island.
July 2, 1991 | BILL BILLITER
After inspecting the state-owned beach north of the Huntington Beach Pier on Monday, State Parks Director Henry R. Agonia downplayed the possibility of the state giving the land to the city. But Agonia said the state will try to help Huntington Beach find more money to maintain the beach. "Obviously there is some concern on the part of the city about funding," Agonia said.
May 16, 1991
I just had to write regarding "Case of the Vanishing Coastline" (May 9). Dear friends, you don't have to be a marine geologist or coast engineer or the Wizard of Oz to know why there is no sand at the beaches. It's all being ruined, before the rivers can dump any into the ocean. Plain and simple. Hop in your little car and drive California 76 along the San Luis Rey River bed and count and photograph the sand removal operations you encounter. It's enough to make you sick. RONALD QUIRK Julian
September 13, 1995 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
The city's canine population has won its day in the sun. The City Council voted unanimously Monday to lift a summer ban on dogs on the beach. Beginning next summer, dogs will be allowed on the beach year-round before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. In the past, they had not been allowed at all from June 15 to Sept. 15. In other action, the council agreed to move forward with a plan to consolidate its commercial waste operations. The city now uses 13 independent haulers to collect commercial refuse.
August 26, 1993
After threatening to suspend county beach services in Hermosa Beach after Labor Day, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this week voted 4 to 0 to give the city a 60-day reprieve. The supervisors decided last month to cut off its lifeguard and beach maintenance after the Hermosa Beach City Council refused to pay more for the services. But the supervisors agreed to extend its deadline to Nov.
April 29, 1992 | LISA MASCARO
As city officials work to see if homeowners have paid new annual fees stemming from the controversial policy established last year on beach encroachment, some property owners have proposed a route around the costs. The homeowners propose to donate the land to the city for open space instead of paying the annual fees now charged owners of property that takes up part of the public beach next to their homes.
February 11, 2001
Re "Oxnard Teen Drowns at Silver Strand Beach," Feb. 5. The drowning of a 15-year-old will be quickly forgotten by the public and the media. As for myself, it will be etched in my memory for life, because I was involved in the resuscitation efforts along with others at the scene. After the helicopter took away the boy's blue limp body, I thought to myself, "Why again? Why does the county deny the public protection at our beaches?" For some families the beach is the only economical recreation available.
April 11, 1992 | BILL BILLITER
After protests from 26 pet owners, the City Council this week dropped a proposed ordinance to restrict the hours that canines may be walked on the city's so-called "Dog Beach." Pet owners have for many years been permitted to walk their leashed dogs at all hours of the day on the stretch of city beach between Golden West Street and Bolsa Chica State Beach. Pet owners say it is one of the few public beaches in Southern California that permit dogs at any hour.
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