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Miami Beach's Sand Comes From Elsewhere ... Problematically

It's pumped up sand from seafloor, and now that nearby sand is tapped out

(Newser) - Sand may seem like an infinite natural resource, but as cities with beaches around the world know all too well, it's anything but. And Miami Beach, Fla., is standing at a crossroads now that it, along with the US Army Corps of Engineers, has spent years pumping up sand... More »

Drama After Calif. Billionaire Puts End to Public Beach Access

Vinod Khosla says state panels have unfairly singled him out, 'harassed' him

(Newser) - In California, the public essentially has the right to access the portion of the beach that gets wet. But with a great deal of coastal development, how one gets to this public strip of land can be far murkier, as a new lawsuit involving a private property near Half Moon... More »

5 Men Drown at UK Beach on Hottest Day of Year

'It's pretty scary'

(Newser) - Five people drowned at Camber Sands beach on the hottest day of the year in the UK, while the beach was packed, the BBC reports. Three men were pulled from the water Wednesday and two more were found dead on shore after the tide receded hours later. The five men,... More »

Flying Umbrella Kills Woman on Virginia Beach

Lottie Belk died after wind-flung umbrella stabbed her in chest

(Newser) - A celebratory day at the beach turned to tragedy after a woman was killed Wednesday when a beach umbrella blew out of the sand and stabbed her in the chest, WHNT reports. WTKR IDs the woman as Lottie Michelle Belk (the station says she was 55; WHNT says she was... More »

Tourists Love Beach So Much Thailand Has to Close It

Koh Tachai island's beaches have suffered from overcrowding

(Newser) - An island that Time reports was voted Thailand's most beautiful last year is being closed due to the hordes of tourists that flock to it. Koh Tachai island's beaches closed Monday for the monsoon season per usual, but it will be indefinitely closed beginning Oct. 15—the day... More »

Big Problem in California: Massive Whale Carcass

Officials aren't sure how to handle dead whale on San Onofre beach

(Newser) - The massive carcass of a whale was rotting Tuesday at a popular California surfing spot while authorities were deciding whether to tow it out to sea or cut it into pieces and load them on trucks, the AP reports. Meanwhile, crowds braved the overpowering stench to pose for photos in... More »

'She Screamed': Sunbather Run Over by Police Truck

Lindsey Gordon is in stable condition after multiple surgeries

(Newser) - It was just another day at the beach for Louisiana sunbather Lindsey Gordon—until a police officer failed to see the 24-year-old and ran over her in his marked pickup truck on Thursday afternoon, reports AL.com . Grand Isle Police Assistant Chief Norris Esponge is on administrative leave pending a... More »

'Gift From God' Helps Wife Recover Lost Wedding Ring

Rosa Pineda believed she'd never see it again

(Newser) - When Rosa Pineda lost her wedding ring in the Pacific Ocean, she cried and figured it was long gone—until her husband stumbled onto what she calls "a gift from God," ABC News reports. Rosa and Rudy Pineda were with their family on Shell Beach at Pismo Beach,... More »

Scientists Solve Mystery of Rhode Island Beach Blast

Hydrogen gas built up from abandoned underground cable

(Newser) - A mysterious blast on a Rhode Island beach likely was caused by the combustion of hydrogen gas that had built up because of a corroded copper cable under the sand, investigators said today. Officials have spent nearly two weeks trying to figure out what happened on July 11 at Salty... More »

Love the Beach? Know This About Fecal Contamination

Stay out of the water, but really stay off the sand

(Newser) - If your response to learning the local beach is closed due to fecal contamination is to wrinkle your nose and lay out your blanket for sunbathing on the sand, you may want to reconsider. A press release on a new study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology , notes... More »

Mystery Beach Blast Turned Woman Into 'Human Cannon'

Kathleen Danise recovering with concussion, broken ribs

(Newser) - The last thing Kathleen Danise remembers from Saturday's trip to Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett, RI, is reading her book as a man nearby suited up in scuba gear. Then suddenly, an explosion launched the 60-year-old woman onto a rock jetty 10 feet away, breaking two of her... More »

Guy Who Had Sex on Beach Learns His Fate

Jose Caballero, 40, is sentenced by Florida judge

(Newser) - A man caught having sex with his girlfriend on a beach last year faced the judge today. The man's sentence: two-and-a-half years in prison. Jose Caballero, 40, will also have to register as a sex offender in the state of Florida, the Bradenton Herald reports. That's "horrifically... More »

10 Best Beaches in the US

TripAdvisor offers its annual list

(Newser) - On this historically cold day ( at least in some places ), you're probably wishing you were on a nice, warm beach somewhere. Well, you can at least daydream, because TripAdvisor has released its annual ranking of the best beaches. The rankings are based on quantity and quality of... More »

Dog Finds Human Leg on Mass. Beach

Police investigate remains on Plum Island Beach

(Newser) - A man watched in horror yesterday as his Labrador discovered a human leg on a Massachusetts beach, the Boston Globe reports. Bill Barrett says he and his puppy were out for a walk, searching for seashells on Plum Island Beach, when the leg turned up. "We walked over there,... More »

100-Year-Old Woman Sees Ocean for First Time

Tennessee's Ruby Holt watched dolphins, ate seafood along Alabama shore

(Newser) - It was during a water-gun fight at her senior living facility over the summer that Ruby Holt told bystanders she had always wanted to see the ocean, which she had never visited in her century on this planet. With the encouragement of employees at the Tennessee facility where she resides,... More »

Hawaii Drops Plan to Name Beach After Obama

Public wasn't thrilled about Sandy Beach renaming

(Newser) - The Hawaiian beach where a young Barack Obama bodysurfed is keeping its name after a plan to name it President Barack Obama Sandy Beach Park instead of Sandy Beach Park met with what officials say was a "mixed" reception from the public. "Most of the comments have raised... More »

Planes Rerouted to Prevent Walrus Stampede

FAA warns media, gawkers to stay away, not spook beached animals

(Newser) - Aircraft, media, and curious folks in general have been instructed to stay far away from the 35,000 walruses crammed onto an Alaskan beach to prevent the easily spooked animals from stampeding each other to death, the Guardian reports. "When they lose their sea ice habitat and come ashore... More »

Sand Collapse in Oregon Kills Girl, 9

Child trapped under sand for 5 minutes as rescuers raced to dig her out

(Newser) - An end-of-summer trip to an Oregon beach turned tragic for a 9-year-old girl. As CNN reports, Isabel Grace Franks was digging a hole Friday evening with her siblings at Lincoln City's beach when the sand collapsed. "We heard screaming," says one tourist. "At first we thought,... More »

Artist Hides $16K in Gold Bars on Beach

And it's finders, keepers in Folkestone, England

(Newser) - It's the kind of art project that even people who hate art projects can love: A German artist has hidden about $16,000 worth of gold bars on a beach in Folkestone, England, reports the Guardian . Lucky treasure hunters can keep any they find. Artist Michael Sailstorfer calls the... More »

Man Dies After Beach Hole Caves In

He dug 10-foot pit before it collapsed

(Newser) - A young man died after a hole he dug on a Northern California beach collapsed and trapped him in the sand for at least five minutes, authorities said. The 26-year-old man dug a roughly 10-foot-deep hole at Francis State Beach and was standing in it when the sand started caving... More »

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