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Tropical Storm Octave strengthens off Mexico’s Baja Calif. coast

Reuters - Reporting by Elinor Comlay; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Leslie Gevirtz The storm, about 315 miles south of the peninsula's tip, was traveling north-northwest at about 13 miles per hour (20 kmph), Miami's National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Octave had maximum sustained wind speeds of up to 65 miles per hour (100 kmph) and its strength was expected to fluctuate overnight before gradually weakening on Monday, the NHC said. Continue Reading... ...
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Water Quality Advisory Issued; Beach Closed Near Tijuana River

By Michelle Mowad - Imperial Beach Patch  The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) issued a General Advisory Thursday for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. A water contact closure for the ocean shoreline south of Seacoast Drive to the U.S.-Mexico border was also announced Thursday morning due to sewage-contaminated flows from the Tijuana River, according to Kevin Spence with the DEH. Continue Reading... ...
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Waikiki of the West Coast: Sink the Long Beach Breakwater

By: Kelli Marie Koller - Easy Reader News On November 13, 1938 our country’s first National Surfing Championships were postponed until December due to lack of waves. Where was this surf contest to be held? Long Beach, California. One might think, “What? Long Beach, Ca? Well of course there were no waves. Long Beach never has waves. Why would a surf contest be held there?” The answer is simple. The Long Beach Breakwater had not yet been constructed. Long Beach had waves. Before the Southernmost third portion of the breakwater was constructed, Long Beach had waves much like the South Shore breaks of Honolulu perfect for pre-war surf equipment earning Long Beach the title, “Waikiki of the West Coast.” The Red Car catered to a thriving South California linking beach goers to the variety of hotels, on-shore entertainment, and attractions such as the Pike and the Plunge bathhouse. Continue Reading... ...
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California Coastal Commission approves Naples Island seawall repair

By Eric Bradley, Press-Telegram The California Coastal Commission on Wednesday approved Long Beach’s plan to repair a section of the Naples Island seawalls, which a 2009 engineering study found are in danger of collapsing during a moderate earthquake. Officials said they expect to award a contract by January and begin construction the following month. Continue Reading... ...
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