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Report calls for elimination of top plastics polluting beaches

Listen: A new report shows that common plastics are polluting shorelines. With the Fourth of July holiday coming up, an environmental group is calling for the US to declare its independence from single-use plastics. The...

Pinellas County beach town hosts event to educate pedestrians before holiday

Listen:  The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is expected to bring record travel in Florida, and one beach town in Pinellas County is trying to educate pedestrians on how to stay safe. Treasure Island aims...
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Tampa Bay beachgoers shouldn’t fear “giant blob of seaweed”

An extremely large mass of algae is set to wash up on Florida’s beaches in coming months. Luckily, its effect on Tampa Bay will be minimal.
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There’s a total lunar eclipse Sunday. Here’s what to expect

Photos and video of the lunar eclipse and the sunrise from Pass-a-Grille Beach, St. Pete Beach, Florida on 26 May 2021.
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Lunar eclipse from Pass-a-Grille Beach, FL

Here’s the moon right at the beginning of the lunar eclipse, around 5:45 a.m. ET on 26 May 2021: Here’s the moon around 5:50 a.m. ET: The rest are captioned as well, with an approximate...
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Pinellas Sheriff is enforcing social distancing orders at beaches over Memorial Day weekend

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources It’s Memorial Day weekend and typically, Floridians pack the beaches. But this year, if you venture out, you’ll have to observe strict social distancing rules because of...
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Sheriff in Florida Panhandle laments confusion from new beach law

Update: Since this story aired, the News Service of Florida is reporting that, ‘Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Thursday to block state agencies from taking action on a bill he signed into law...
Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

Hands Across the Sand 2018 preview

Every spring, beach lovers across Florida – and in other parts of the world – gather to hold Hands Across the Sand to oppose offshore oil and gas drilling. Jana Wiggins is a volunteer with...
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Does a new law privatize some Florida beaches? It’s more complicated than that

There’s a new law in Florida that goes into effect in July that may put more of a burden on local governments to defend public access to sections of beaches that are technically private property;...

Are we running out of sand? Are our beaches imperiling the Gulf?

Things look limitless when you stand on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. The horizon dips away, maybe with a lovely sunset alighting it. Water, wind, and sand: the essential beach elements. There have been...

Pinellas beaches to get a sandy facelift

Some Pinellas County beaches are scheduled to get another facelift this summer.

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