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Jim's Blog — Coastal development

Private Access: Go Away

April 19, 2012

Private Access: Go Away

Topics: Beach access Coastal development

Beach access is one of those things we take for granted until it's too late. We should be able to access the beach, period.

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Persistent toxins; The ongoing tragedy of the BP oil spill

April 17, 2012

Persistent toxins; The ongoing tragedy of the BP oil spill

Topics: Coastal development Blue Water Task Force Oil Pollution Water Quality

Over a year later toxins from the Corexit used in the BP oil spill remain. The spill isn't over. It's just less visible to the naked eye.

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Ten coastal victories in the last 60 days

March 27, 2012

Ten coastal victories in the last 60 days

Topics: Victories Coastal development Chapters Beaches Coastal armoring Campaigns Activism Plastics Water Quality Surfing

Ten wins for our coast in the last 60 days thanks to volunteers around the nation.

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Interview with Maurice Cole on Save Bells Beach

March 17, 2012

Interview with Maurice Cole on Save Bells Beach

Topics: Beach access Coastal development Beaches Waves Campaigns Surfing

Maurice and I connected to get the update on what the issues are at Bell Beach.

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IM interview with activist Rob Nixon

March 09, 2012

IM interview with activist Rob Nixon

Topics: Beach access Coastal development Chapters Stories Activism

I've wanted to hear Rob's story for a while but he's thousands of miles away. So... I interviewed him on Skype via instant message.

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Investing 16 years into a campaign

March 08, 2012

Investing 16 years into a campaign

Topics: Victories Coastal development Coastal armoring Stories Campaigns Activism

Jim Jaffe encapsulates the idea of "constant pressure, endlessly applied." He and a few others in this category deserve massive credit for their ongoing, multi-decade investment in single campaigns with large precedent setting value.

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California Coastal Commission votes in favor of recomendation regarding Solana Beach seawalls

March 07, 2012

California Coastal Commission votes in favor of recomendation regarding Solana Beach seawalls

Topics: Beach access Victories Coastal development Chapters Coastal armoring

The California Coastal Commission voted today to give beaches back to the public.

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Welcome to Solana Beach (or should we say Solana Walls?)... hearing tomorrow answers that question

March 06, 2012

Welcome to Solana Beach (or should we say Solana Walls?)... hearing tomorrow answers that question

Topics: Coastal development Chapters Beaches Coastal armoring

Tomorrow there is a hearing regarding Solana Beach's ongoing love affair with sea walls. Come down to San Diego for it.

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私たちの水の循環が壊れている (our water cycle is broken)

February 14, 2012

私たちの水の循環が壊れている (our water cycle is broken)

Topics: Coastal development Water Chapters Ocean friendly garden Coastal armoring Stories Communications DIY Activism Modern Activism Water Quality

Surfrider's mission spans the globe, so it makes sense that The Cycle of Insanity, a video about our broken water cycle and how to fix it, is now available in different languages.

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Peter Douglas: Patron saint of the California coast (podcast)

February 07, 2012

Peter Douglas: Patron saint of the California coast (podcast)

Topics: Beach access Policy Victories Coastal development Beaches Podcasts Coastal armoring Stories Activism Communications DIY Activism Modern Activism Water Quality Surfing

It is challenging to point to an individual who has done more to preserve the California Coast than Peter Douglas. This is Peter Douglas' story told in his own voice.

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Help us get the balance back

January 09, 2012

Help us get the balance back

Topics: Coastal development Ads Coastal armoring Communications

A tiny crab against... us. Help us get the balance back.

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You are what your t-shirt says

December 19, 2011

You are what your t-shirt says

Topics: Coastal development Activism Communications

Messaging comes from everywhere, especially what our t-shirts say.

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Seawalls in Solana Beach

November 14, 2011

Seawalls in Solana Beach

Topics: Coastal development Beaches Coastal armoring

Solana Beach is walled with 40 foot sea walls. Because of this, the beach is is gone from mid tide to high tide.

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30 min video update on Japan coasts post Fukushima

November 10, 2011

30 min video update on Japan coasts post Fukushima

Topics: Coastal development Coastal armoring Water Quality

Hiromi Matsubara, leader of SF Japan, delivers a stirring update on Japan's coastal issues post Fukushima.

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Surfrider Japan update, post Fukushima

November 02, 2011

Surfrider Japan update, post Fukushima

Topics: Coastal development Water Waves Water Quality Surfing

Hiromi Matsubara, leader of Surfrider Japan, delivers an update of Japan after the Fukushima disaster.

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Shored Up. A documentary about our disappearing coasts and our irrational urge to live on the edge

November 01, 2011

Shored Up. A documentary about our disappearing coasts and our irrational urge to live on the edge

Topics: Coastal development Culture Shifting

Check out Shored Up, a film about the force of nature meeting the force of man. It's a Kickstarter campaign, check it out.

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If you split an illegal project into thirds, it’s still illegal

October 31, 2011

If you split an illegal project into thirds, it’s still illegal

Topics: Victories Coastal development Waves Campaigns Activism Surfing

Splitting something that is wrong into thirds doesn't somehow make it less wrong.

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“More pavement is always better than less pavement”

October 07, 2011

“More pavement is always better than less pavement”

Topics: Beach access Victories Coastal development Waves Campaigns Water Quality Surfing

The TCA is playing games again. The current version is splitting up an illegal road into parts. Save Trestles.

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Dave Rastovich and Transparentsea plug into Save Gaviota campaign

October 03, 2011

Dave Rastovich and Transparentsea plug into Save Gaviota campaign

Topics: Beach access Coastal development Music Campaigns Activism Surfing

Rasta and Transparentsea are sailing down the coast. First stop, Gaviota coast.

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Pouring our money into the ocean

September 03, 2011

Pouring our money into the ocean

Topics: Events Coastal development Economics Coastal armoring Culture Shifting

We just watched Hurricane Irene sweep up the East Coast. Another hurricane is brewing in the Gulf. What are we learning about our coasts?

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