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Farewell Robert Palmer

On Friday September 1, 2017 Mr. Robert Palmer passed away from complications from the West Nile virus.  Robert was a founding member of the Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation holding positions on the executive committee since chapter inception. He was the chapter chairman for many years, leading countless meetings, speaking engagements, and public events.

Robert founded the Sink the Breakwater project for Surfrider back in 1996.  For 21 years he persistently worked to bring waves back to Long Beach, the city in which he lived, raised his family, and ran his private business. He was at his core an optimist with seemingly unlimited patience. Despite being ridiculed and ignored, Robert and his fellow volunteers persisted in their public education and outreach efforts and by 2005, both the public and city leaders came to think that waves might one day grace our shores. The project is currently being studied by the US Army Corps of Engineers and has full support from City Hall.

In addition to the breakwater, Robert worked tirelessly to clean the beaches of Long Beach.  He began with a monthly 30 minute beach cleanup on Granada Avenue and ended up co-hosting four weekend cleanups per month with different volunteer organizations. He’s hosted more beach cleanups than anyone in Long Beach sometimes hosting two on the same day. After seeing so much trash on the beach, he became politically active, successfully lobbying to ban single use plastic bags in Long Beach, which was a critical step in banning them State wide.  He has worked over the years with various city administrations to implement a citywide ban on disposable Styrofoam from restaurants and this ordinance is likely to pass in late 2017.

Robert was a surfer, sailor, motor cyclist, artist, teacher, businessman, environmental activist, husband, and father. His tireless efforts and his presence in Long Beach was a blessing and he will be truly missed.

An obituary is available in the Long Beach Press Telegram. and the Long Beach Post.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 9, at Bay Shore Community Congregational Church, 5100 E. The Toledo, with a reception to follow. A paddle out in memory of Robert will be held on Saturday September 16 at 11:30AM between the Belmont Pier and the Belmont Pool.

To make a donation to Surfrider Foundation in honor of Robert Palmer, click here.

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.

Alamitos Beach Cleanup 4th Sunday of Every Month


Alamitos Beach Cleanup FlyerBeach Cleanup at Alamitos Beach

Every 4th Saturday of the Month


Starting October 25, 2014

All supplies are provided as well as volunteer slips for community service hours.





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Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project 2011

Join us for The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, now in its fifth year, helps keep beaches, rivers and lakes across America “barefoot friendly.” Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation, along with community volunteers, are embarking on a tour of 20 cleanups nationwide, and one stop is in our backyard, Long Beach! Following the cleanup, volunteers 21+ are invited to attend a Surfrider-hosted celebration featuring Barefoot Wine and surf-inspired fare. RSVP at

Saturday, August 13, 2011

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Junipero Ave Beach
1 Junipero Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90803
Look for the Surfrider tent

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Legends Sports Bar
5236 E 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803

This event is Free and open to the public! RSVP at

Hands Across the Sand

Join Hands Across the Sand at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro on June 25, 2011, at 11:00 AM! We will spend some time doing a beach clean up, asking people to sign petitions and then we will all join hands at 12:00 p.m. forming a human line in the sand to stand against off-shore drilling and promote clean energy. We will be meeting near the playground on the sand! There are over 200 events scheduled around the world with more being added all the time.

To get more information on Hands Across the Sand the website is: This link also has information on all the Hands events around the world.

We Need You to Help Pass the Single Use Bag Ordinance!

UPDATED (5/21/2011): Be there for the Bag Ban Ordinance, Second Reading on May 24, 6pm at the Long Beach City Hall!
Thank you for showing the overwhelming support for the bag ban ordinanace at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Your comments were very helpful in reaching the necessary five votes for passage of the ordinance. This Tuesday, May 24, the ordinance will come back to City Hall for a second and final reading. This is a normal proceedure for establishing an ordinanace. Usually on the second reading, councilmembers vote to pass the ordinance without much discussion. However, since 4 councilmembers were absent from the first vote (DeLong, O’Donnell, Schipske, Gabelich) and some negative comments were submitted to the editorial reports (, LB, we need to turn out even more support at this Tuesday’s meeting to send a clear message that residents want Long Beach to take this important step forward. Bring a reusable bag to show your support!
The ordinance is Item #17 on the agenda, so predicting an accurate time to show up is difficult. However, there are no recognitions or hearings at the beginning of the meeting and the rest of the agenda is relatively straightforward, so we recommend you show up at 6:00 pm at council chambers (ground floor) City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach.  Free parking at the City Hall.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, please call your city councilmember and tell him or her to support the Bag Ban Ordinance.  We’re almost there!  We just need one more push.

(Published May 10, 2011) The Long Beach Single Use Bag Ordinance is scheduled to come before City Council next week Tuesday, May 17 5:00 pm and we need your help!

1. Can you help spread the word by calling our local members? If so contact Bill Hickman (

2. Attend the Meeting Tuesday, May 17 5:00 pm and show your support.

3. Contact your district Representative – More Details after the jump.

The City of Long Beach spends millions of dollars every year and countless staff and volunteer hours, cleaning up marine debris that includes a great deal of plastic bags. Not to mention the lost revenue associated with some people’s perception of the City’s beaches and shoreline, which affects our economic development, recreation and tourism. This is local funding and hard work that could be better used.
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