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Science Brings Clarity to Shifting Shores

Each and every day, waves move sand back and forth, onto and away from beaches. The thin ribbon of sandy barrier islands and beaches along America’s coastline shifts constantly, especially during hurricanes, nor’easters, and other extreme storms. How vulnerable is your favorite...

Keep The Dream Alive

Editor: I read with great interest and appreciation Bob Borthwick’s inspiring article, “The Tale of a Trail,” in last week’s Indy on the history of the San Clemente Beach Trail, now considered a model of collaboration. The lessons I learned from it, regardless of what...

Police Suppress Popular Drum Circle

Laguna Beach police and park rangers pre-emptively closed off emptying public parking lots at Aliso Beach for last Saturday’s Full Moon Drum Circle due to predictions of a large turnout, and drummers say the decision put people in peril by forcing them onto the highway. A dozen...

SoLag Skimmer Wins Third Vic

  Last Sunday at Aliso Beach, the United Skim Tour’s number two-ranked Sam Stinnet beat number one-ranked Austin Keen to capture his third Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding title in the past four years. “It’s an insane feeling. I can’t even...

Plant Prevents Runoff from Reaching the Sea

Thanks to the acknowledged efforts of a local waterman for pressing local authorities to clean the creek water spilling onto Aliso Beach, the ribbon was officially cut on a water reclamation facility in Aliso Canyon last week. If creek levels allow, the $2.8 million Aliso Creek...

Laguna Tests Tsunami Planning

Laguna Beach’s first-responders participated in a statewide tsunami exercise last month, working through a tabletop drill of the challenges whipped up by a 8.2 magnitude earthquake off the Alaskan coast that put the Californian coastline into a tsunami watch. Laguna Beach holds...

Pet Peeves-Hot Diggity

I was unable to attend the South Coast Water District’s public tour of the sewer tunnel stabilization project in the ocean side cliffs between Three Arch Bay and Aliso Beach.   This initiative is a five-year, $100 million project that will widen the sewer tunnel and lay new...

Bringing Back Laguna’s Lagoon

Editor, Long before vast Spanish, Mexican and American cattle ranches changed the natural landscape of South Orange County, Aliso Beach had a seasonal estuary – a rare coastal wetlands. This last remaining lagoon in Laguna Beach can be restored if inland summer urban runoff is...

Touring Laguna’s Underground

Getting past complaints over a five-year, $100 million project to widen a sewer tunnel and lay new pipeline in Laguna Beach’s coastal bluffs has been a major public relations hurdle for the South Coast Water District, which serves South Laguna and other cities. When the water...

Public Invited to Tour Sewer Tunnel

The South Coast Water district invites the public to tour the sewer tunnel stabilization project within the cliffs on the ocean side of Coast Highway on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 9-noon or 1-4 p.m. to better understand existing conditions and the plan for improvements over the next...

Green Light: Momentum Rebuilding to Clean the Creek

Reportedly, on average 3 million gallons of pollutants empty into Aliso Beach daily–rain or no rain.  Motor oil, fertilizers, animal dung, and more contaminate this much-used public beach and the waterway that flows into it.  Imagine the impact of this on public health; put...
Posted On 30 Aug 2013

Drowning in Sand?

Regulars at south Laguna beaches are noticing what they’re calling a relatively new phenomenon, believed to be borne of urban encroachment:  a slow build-up of sand on beaches that’s covering fragile tidepools and curtailing desirable side-swell breaks for wave riders. Charl...

Pros Drop in for Weekend’s Waves

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   This weekend sees the return of the 37th annual Victoria World Championship of Skimboarding, now known as The Vic, held at Aliso Beach Park, 31131 S. Coast Highway, Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Touted as...

Calls for More Downtown Policing

Laguna Beach may see more cops patrolling downtown and in neighborhoods if growing concern voiced by Council member Steve Dicterow and Mayor Kelly Boyd gains traction. Also on Tuesday, the City Council adopted a budget largely as originally proposed last month, which shared the...

Skim Boarder Makes a Miracle Save – Updated

Quick action by a skim boarder saved the life of an infant pulled into a rip tide by a rogue wave on Saturday at Aliso Beach, according to witnesses. Pat Watson, 46, who took up skim boarding after moving from Hawaii in 1991, said he threw his board aside and took off in a dead...
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