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Breakwater Awareness Month – June 2017

Join us in our efforts to bring waves back to Long Beach by supporting the 8th Annual Breakwater Awareness Month.  There will be two events, starting with a Paddle Out for the Waves.  It’ll be on Saturday June 3rd, 11AM – 1PM at the Granada Launch Ramp. Bring something that floats, and paddle out about 40 yards from shore to commemorate our lost waves and celebrate their return.

The second event is our annual General Meeting focusing on the Sink the Breakwater Campaign.  It will be held on Thursday June 22nd, 7PM – 8:30PM, at Made (238 Pine Ave., downtown Long Beach). We’ll explain the ins & outs of the ongoing Army Corps of Engineers’ East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study. It’ll be important to remind the Army Corps of the importance of a Breakwater Alternative that restores the historical ecosystem that existed before the breakwater.

More details at our facebook event page

Surfrider Comes Out Against Proposed Belmont Pool Location

The Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has officially come out against the currently proposed location of the Belmont Shore Aquatic Center (i.e. Belmont Pool).  A detailed letter describing the chapter’s position is available here.

Fundraiser at VeggieGrill

Earth Day Coastal Cleanup

We’ll be setting up at 72nd Place and Ocean Blvd.  Gloves and bags are provided.  No RSVP necessary.  Contact rap@lbsurfrider.org for more details.

Beach Cleanups, Cool Kids, and ABC7

Our beach cleanups in Long Beach have been getting attention in the local media with the help of local Cool Kids volunteers.  See the piece at ABC7.

Polystyrene Ban in Long Beach

Long Beach City Council is beginning a 6 month process to partially ban disposable polystyrene food products.  See article in the Press Telegram. The Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has been working on this topic for a long-long time.  It’s nice to see progress.

2010 Post Card to City Council

 2010 Post Card to City Council

 

2013 Post Card to City Council

2013 Post Card to City Council

Keep Long Beach Foam Free

Are you tired of seeing expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) all over your beaches? Have you heard of the 1.25 trillion pieces of plastic pollution in our oceans?  Write to the Long Beach City Council to ask them to enact an ordinance banning single use disposable foam from our restaurants and stores in Long Beach.  If you know which district you live in, e-mail your councilperson directly.  Send your support letter to all council members by going to this Action Alert Page!

There will be a motion to write an ordinance at the City Council Meeting on December 20, Tuesday, 5pm (Agenda).

Photo: Courtesy of Algalita Marine Research Foundation

Photo:  Courtesy of Algalita Marine Research Foundation

 

Shipwrecked!

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Chapter Executive Committee Election 2016

The SFLB Chapter is announcing nominations for Executive Committee (EC) members to lead the chapter in its efforts to protect and enjoy our ocean, waves, and beaches through activism.  New EC members will help the chapter educate the local community (including City Hall) about the Breakwater, Ocean Friendly Gardens , Rise Above Plastics, Ocean Friendly Restaurants, and other Surfrider Foundation initiatives. Wonder if you’re eligible? Here’s the skinny:  Continue reading Chapter Executive Committee Election 2016

Surfing Waves as an Economic Generator

Oxford University says good waves generate an estimated $50 billion per year.  Surfline.com provides a good summary article here. “Yes, you read that right. Before your brain combusts from the esoteric academic language, look at the numbers – 5-to-the-0 capital B, billion. By no means are we astute economists, but $50 billion seems like a lot of bread for little ol’ surfing.”

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