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March 28, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
With the coming of spring, city officials are turning their attention back to seriously eroded city beaches. The city gained about 15,000 cubic yards of sand from a Santa Ana River dredging project before the rains put a stop to the project in November. But city officials say they need another 215,000 cubic yards of sand to replenish beaches and protect homes in the city's Surfside community.
May 5, 1988
A South African court ordered the Indian Ocean resort of Port Elizabeth to open its beaches to all races, ruling that "whites-only" signs were invalid. The regional Supreme Court supported a city councilor and a member of Parliament who claimed the city council acted without proper authority when it passed a resolution in 1966 segregating the beaches of the nation's 5th-largest city. The city said it intends to appeal the court's decision.
January 31, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The city has shut down more than three miles of beachfront after a raw sewage spill into the Los Angeles River. Long Beach Recreational Water Manager Nelson Kerr says that 65,000 to 90,000 gallons of raw sewage entered the river Tuesday night. The city closed the beaches as a precaution because it is the end point of the Los Angeles River before it flows into the ocean. Kerr said city officials would test the water today before reopening the beaches.
April 26, 1993 | BOB ELSTON
A 10 p.m. beach curfew ordinance, which was given preliminary approval two weeks ago, is scheduled for a final vote tonight by the City Council. The ordinance, which was initially approved unanimously and is supported by the police chief, is almost sure to pass and go into effect before the start of the peak summer season, according to city officials. Council members think that because the state and some other coastal cities have begun enforcing a 10 p.m.
July 20, 1992 | MALAIKA BROWN
Seal Beach officials have agreed to participate in a regional study of the state's beaches that is being conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers and the county's Environmental Management Agency. The city was invited to join the program by state Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach) and will send acting chief of lifeguards Dan Dorsey to participate in the regional discussions. Seal Beach has actively monitored its beaches with extensive studies during the last seven years.
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.
March 26, 2010 | By Tony Barboza
One of the largest sewage spills along the Southern California coastline in years has forced the closure of three miles of popular beaches and surf breaks in south Orange County. An underground sewage main in Rancho Santa Margarita ruptured Tuesday afternoon, sending an estimated 500,000 gallons of raw sewage gushing into a creek that empties into the ocean at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, officials said Thursday. Beaches from the breakwater at Dana Point Harbor to Capistrano Bay Community Beach could remain closed through the weekend, or until water quality test- ing meets state standards for two straight days, Orange County health officials said.
June 5, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Some inland beaches in Long Beach will be closed until at least this evening following the accidental discharge of untreated sewage into the Los Cerritos channel Saturday. Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Paul Rodriguez said the city would reopen the beaches after it was determined that bacteria levels in the water were safe.
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.
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