Florida Beach News

August 2013

Pinellas Beaches Snapshot: An Open Blog for Photos on the Beaches!

Take a look and share your own Pinellas beach photos with this online public blog!

June 2013

Is the Water at the Beach Safe? How to Find Out Before You Take the Kids

Taking your kids to the beach this Summer? Besides other possible beach safety hazards, the condition of the water is one of them.


Look Out! Stingray Season Starts Along the Beaches

Beachgoers should start doing the Stingray Shuffle when entering the water this time of year; stingray season has officially begun.

Ohio Man Drowns Saving Grandson at Florida Beach

Ashtabula native Paul Demshar died Wednesday while saving his grandson from drowning at a Jacksonville, Fla. beach, family members said. Demshar went into the ocean with the boy when the child started screaming as he was being swept away by a rip current, according to news reports and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

2 dead after swimming at Florida beaches

MIAMI (AP) — Two men have died while swimming off Florida beaches in the past two days. Volusia County officials say three people swimming off the Ponce Inlet got caught in a strong rip current Tuesday afternoon.

FloridaBeachBar.com Announces 2013 Top 10 Florida Beach Bars

After thousands of votes were cast and tabulated, Florida Beach Bar is pleased to present the Top 10 Florida Beach Bars for 2013. The competition was the most expansive and competitive contest to date. Votes more than doubled the total amount received in 2012. The leading bars changed daily and the intensity continued into the final hours of voting. In total, 244 different beach bars received votes.

Australian Whirlpool Photo: Paraglider Snaps Epic Rip Current Vortex

Anyone who has been caught in a rip current knows how scary it can be, but seen from a unique perspective, (not to mention a safe distance) this one is just awesome. Paraglider Scott Patman snapped this photo of a big rip as it sucked sediment into an epic whorl off the coast of Western Australia near Perth. Dr. Rob Brander, coastal geomorphologist and senior lecturer at Australia’s University of New South Wales, posted the photo on his Facebook page, “Dr. Rip’s Science of the Surf” on Friday morning.

Vigil is set for Viera teen missing from facility’s beach

Family and friends of a Viera teen are planning a prayer vigil tonight for the boy who has been missing for nearly one week. They have more questions than answers about how William “Billy” Patient, 16, went missing from a group of kids swimming off Juno Beach on Sunday, May 5. They’re holding on to hope that Billy walked out of the ocean and is coming home.

St. Pete Beach Makes Parents Magazine’s Top 10 List

The same beach town where the naughty ‘Spring Breakers’ was filmed gets a big thumbs up by a family magazine. You’ll be surprised at the reason why.

South Florida Beach Water Testing Funds Cut From Federal Budget Proposal

Last year, Florida received $516,000, some of which went to test for enterococcus bacteria at 48 locations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. These bacteria indicate the presence of human or animal waste, which contains pathogens that can cause illnesses such as salmonella, shigellosis and hepatitis A.

Rip currents don’t keep lifeguards from teaching beach safety


Preschool children learned about beach safety at Lake Worth Beach Tuesday following a weekend of rip currents and heavy surf that sent swimmers to the hospital along the coast of Palm Beach County and killed a man swimming Sunday in Fort Pierce.

March 2013 

Changed topography of Clearwater Beach blamed for dangerous currents

CLEARWATER — A white sun beat down on Clearwater Beach shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday. After days of wind and rain brought by Tropical Storm Debby, the gulf’s surface was smooth as a steel drum. Mike Felletter, on vacation from New Jersey, was swimming with his son in shallow water at the north end of the beach when he heard screams. ”I thought they were kidding at first,” he said. “Then I saw the woman floating.” Read more at tampabay.com

The battle over the Pier heads to court Wednesday

ST. PETERSBURG — Local architect Lisa Wannemacher expected tough questions when she stepped into the Tiger’s den Tuesday to talk about the project slated to replace the city’s aging Pier. Instead, she faced a mostly friendly crowd as she and TV pitchman Anthony Sullivan touted the Lens, one of the most divisive projects in recent city history. ”I was worried for nothing,” Wannemacher said after the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club’s monthly political luncheon. Read more at tampabay.com


High rip current danger at Central Florida Beaches

CENTRAL FLORIDA – While the temperatures have warmed up enough for enjoying the beach, the surf is a different story. At the coast, a high rip current danger exists. The Melbourne National Weather Service office says beachgoers are “strongly discouraged from entering the chilly surf.” Read more at www.cfnews13.com

February 2013

Leader in the nation’s research on the causes and effects of sea level rise, storms and other coastal hazards, collapsed and died on Tuesday

Asbury H. Sallenger Jr. of Oldsmar, FL, a leader in the nation’s research on the causes and effects of sea level rise, storms and other coastal hazards, collapsed and died on Tuesday at his home in Oldsmar, Fla. He was 63. Read more at nytimes.com

Passengers Text About Dire Conditions on Cruise Ship

Passengers on the fire-damaged Carnival cruise ship stranded in the Gulf of Mexico have reported worsening conditions including scarce running water, no air conditioning and long lines for food.

Carnival said original plans to haul the crippled ship to Progreso, Mexico, have been scrapped because the ship has drifted about 90 miles north because of strong currents. Instead, the Triumph will be towed to Mobile, Ala., and should arrive Thursday. Read more at gma.yahoo.com

January 2013

Beach reports indicate signs of red tide along Sarasota County beaches

SARASOTA COUNTY – Red tide is having an impact on area beaches.  The latest beach report from Mote Marine is showing moderate respiratory irritations with some dead fish visible at Manasota Beach Monday. Elsewhere, slight respiratory irritation is being reported at area beaches north to Lido Key. Some calls have come in to the ABC 7 News desk of many people coughing at Siesta Key Beach. Read more at mysuncoast.com

Dr Rip talks beach safety

Rob has been lecturing on the dangers of the Australian beach, which most overseas visitors think are sharks. But the real danger of any beach can be rips, most people don’t know how to spot them or what to do to avoid them. What should you do if you get caught in a rip? Read more at abc.net.au

Happy 500th Birthday, Florida!

For the record, water from the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine tastes like Hell, as in the “sulfurous pits of…,” thanks to its origins in Florida’s notoriously sulfur-laced artesian springs. One retch-inducing sip and you’re thinking: Juan Ponce de Leon was searching for this? Well, no

Here’s what is true about Ponce de Leon: on April 3, 1513 — 500 years ago this spring — he first planted his boots on what would become a Florida beach. Read more at palmbeachpost.com

Up & Coming Artist Will Converge on Northwest Florida Beaches for Songwriters Festival

Seagrove Beach, Fla.

Come January 18th, more musical talent will grace the landscape of South Walton beach communities than the quartz-white sand found on its shores. The 3-day 30A Songwriters Festival will feature more than 125 songwriters and over 250 performances in venues ranging from intimate listening rooms to spacious outdoor amphitheaters. read more at virtual-strategy.com

Great whites in the water off Jacksonville Beach

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – Two great white sharks have been tracked off the coast of Jacksonville Beach.

The larger of the sharks is Mary Lee, who is 16-feet long and weighs 3,456 pounds. Mary Lee did not come alone. A slightly smaller great white named Genie is also enjoying the warm waters of the Florida coast. Genie is only 14-feet long and 2,292 pounds. read more at firstcoastnews.com

Corky: Beach, surf safety taken for granted 

How safe is it to send your kids out surfing unsupervised? How safe is it to let your kids hang out at the beach unsupervised? These questions have different answers depending on the circumstances…read more at ocregister.com

Vote for the best beach town in Florida

With thousands of snowbirds pointing their convertibles south to the Sunshine State for a dose of winter warmth, we asked “Dr. Beach”— aka Florida International University professor and coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman — for 10 Florida destinations that combine sand, surf and a welcoming sense of community. His favorites, in alphabetical order: read more at usatoday.com


Bob Stover’s big-story predictions for 2013

Looking forward and predicting what will be big stories in 2013 is a much harder task. But let’s give it a shot. If I’m wrong on any of these, at least give me credit for trying.

I predict: Cocoa Beach will win USA Today’s competition for best Florida beach townI believe this partly because FLORIDA TODAY is shamelessly promoting it on our website and mobile devices. On a subject like this, I think it is OK for a journalist to be a hometown booster..read more at floridatoday.com



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