Rain To Affect Florida, East Coast, Texas & Hawaii
The 4th of July is the biggest and busiest day on the USA’s beaches, but in 2015, it’s going to be wet as well as wild.
From sea to almost-shining sea, nearly every part of coastal America will get rain at last one day on the weekend. Here’s what to expect in major tourist coastal areas:
CALIFORNIA BEACHES WEATHER
This promises the best weather, with mostly sunny skies from Monterey to San Diego. Still, it won’t be the typical blue-sky gorgeous as a bit of June Gloom is still clinging to the coast.
EAST COAST BEACHES WEATHER
• Jones Beach, N.Y. – Good news here – mostly sunny! But there will be clouds, as well. Temps are pleasant, upper 70s and mid-60s.
• Martha’s Vineyard – Partly to mostly sunny with highs in the mid-70s with lows in the low 60s.
• Newport, R.I. – Pretty much the same as above, with temperatures in the upper 70s and mid-60s.
• Seaside Heights, N.J. – Thunderstorms give way to partly sunny skies on Saturday thru the weekend. And watch out for the Portuguese Man O’ War jellyfish that are washing up on Jersey beaches; those things can still sting while on the sand and pack a wallop!
SOUTHERN EAST COAST BEACHES WEATHER
• Hilton Head Island, S.C. – Good news if you arrive on Friday and it’s pouring: it will be partly to mostly sunny on Saturday and Sunday. It’s warm, tho, with highs reaching 90. So have lots of water handy on those golf courses. And lots of cold beer later in the Quarterdeck Bar in Sea Pines Plantation.
• Myrtle Beach, S.C. – I hate to put a damper on things but it’s going to be damp. Look for indoor activities.
• Ocean City, Md. – Mostly cloudy with some sunshine and mild temperatures in the mid-70s and mid-60s.
FLORIDA BEACHES WEATHER
Thunderstorms are due to soak the eastern seaboard from Datyona to Key West. The rain won’t arrive in South Florida until the 4th and that will be followed by mostly cloudy skies.
On the Gulf Coast, Panama City Beach and Destin will be emerging from thundershowers on Saturday but further south, St. Pete down to Fort Meyers are looking at days of thunderstorms leading into and lasting the entire weekend.
HAWAII BEACHES WEATHER
Honolulu and Waikiki Beach are looking great, with the exception of the actual 4th when clouds move in and take away some of the sunshine. Maui will be just escaping from three days of showers on the 4th with partly-cloudy skies.
Temperatures are warm, in the mid to upper 80s and some of that tropical humidity. Pacific style (not Florida style).
TEXAS BEACHES WEATHER
• Corpus Christi – Sunny on Friday but giving way to showers on Saturday and Sunday. Highs are in the low-90s.
• Galveston – Slightly better in that it’s only going to rain on Saturday.
• South Padre Island – Rain Saturday and Sunday. Look at the bright side – there’s lots of good bars in which to spend those rainy days!
Wherever you are on the Fourth of July, Surfside Sam hopes you have a great and safe one!
Spending Independence Day By The Shore Across America
No place is as popular in America on the 4th of July as the beach.
From sea to shining sea, Americans head to the coast by the millions. And with that many people, getting an open space to put down a towel, chair, toys and other things people take to the beach, can be difficult.
Heck, with traffic and parking, even getting to the beach can be a challenge.
So Surfside Sam provides these five tips for going to the beach at such a busy time.
1.) Make It A Vacation, Or Mini-Vacation
The best way to avoid the issues of getting to the beach is to be at the beach. If you have the time and money, then spend a few days and make it a vacation or mini-vacation.
2.) Plan Ahead
If you’re going for a week or just the day, it’s important to have a plan. Know your route, investigate alternate roads to account for traffic, figure out potential parking spots and have an initial “landing spot” once you arrive.
That is to say, once you’re there and parked know where precisely where you are going so you can get there in a hurry, put down your stuff and establish your spot on the beach.
If you are indecisive, someone else could grab that prime place.
3.) Suntanning – How Not To Get Burned
The best way to avoid getting a sunburn is to get a suntan.
In other words, if you’ve not been in the sun then don’t overdo it. If you’re feeling red then put on a shirt and get out of the sun (a bar is a nice alternative!).
Even if you have a tan, then take breaks from the sun. And I’m sure you’re going to be drinking beer or alcohol, but also be sure to hydrate!
4.) Check The Water Conditions
Before you go in the water, be sure it’s safe. You can do this by looking for any posted warning signs (rip tides can be a particular problem) and also read the conditions on the lifeguard stand. If you’re still unsure, then check with the lifeguards.
Of course, you can also use your eyes – how big is the surf, are a lot of people in the water, etc.
5.) Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
Don’t worry if you forgot to pack the little things such as a bathing suit/bikini, towel or suntan lotion. You can always pick that up at a beach store, where you’ll also likely pick up t-shirts with the beach’s name on it, and other beachy clothes.
So save room in your suitcase for this when you pack.
Bonus Beach Tip: Pick Up Your Litter
When you go to the beach, don’t litter. Trash cans are everywhere so throw away all your discarded items, and be sure and throw away any bottles and cans in the recycle trash.
As one more than one beach community puts on signs: “leave only your footprints.”
Time To Trash The Trashers On Hermosa, Manhattan And Redondo Beach
After playing beach volleyball the other night, I went for a walk on the sand.
I did not do it to walk on the beach, I did it to pick up all the litter on the beach.
I picked up beer bottles – one was stuck upside down in the sand – water bottles, potato chip bags, napkins and a bunch of other garbage, all within about a five-yard radius. And it was right by the trash cans.
This is driving me crazy. Our beaches are beautiful – a golden color and as wide as city blocks before dropping off into the blue Pacific Ocean – but all this litter is making them look like a ghetto.
The location I walked was between 1st and 2nd Streets in Hermosa Beach but it could have been anywhere in the South Bay – here, Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach.
I took a friend for a bike ride through Hermosa to El Porto in Manhattan Beach and pointed out more than a dozen places where I saw trash on or along the beach.
It’s everywhere, it’s a mess and something needs to be done about it.
This spot I walked that evening happens to be just a block from the popular Mickey’s Deli. People go there for food drinks and snacks and many of them leave their discarded crap on the beach.
I spoke to a lifeguard about this and he said, “I agree but it’s not locals like you and I, and there’s nothing we can do about it,” but that was a response I cannot accept. Yes we CAN do something about it!
For starters, if you see anyone leaving or dropping trash then you have my full and complete support to whack them on the behind with one of their discarded water or beer bottles, or to put the empty potato chip bag on their head.
Secondly, warning signs should be put up stating there’s a $300 fine for littering (I don’t know if there is nor not, but there should be) and the Hermosa Beach Police Department should start foot patrols to enforce it.
In fact, have them go undercover to lay out and walk the beaches. I would think this would be a prime assignment that everyone in the department would be begging to get for the day.
Perhaps they don’t actually fine them – initially – but instead give them a frightening financial warning, then make them pick up the trash and all the trash in their vicinity.
There are beach cleanup days and that’s good, but it does nothing to solve the problem. The problem is the people leaving the litter and they need to be dealt with in a firm and stern manner.
When I was in Australia during my “Swagman” days, in one month I saw exactly three pieces of trash. That’s so few I could count the items.
Here I was carrying an armload of garbage within a few yards.
Perhaps it spoiled me but that’s the way it should be – beautiful places should remain beautiful and they are not beautiful when people leave litter all over the place.
It’s past time to deal with it in our (mostly) beautiful South Bay Beach Cities.
Clearwater Beach And The Islander Motel’s Distinctive Orange Roof
It’s summertime and that always brings to mind vacationing in Florida.
That’s what we did when I was a kid. Mom and dad would pack the car, including trying to fill it with things to occupy my sister and myself for the long 12-hour drive from Tennessee, and head to the Sunshine State.
We went many places and I have vague flashbacks of a few spots, but mainly what I remember is when we went to Clearwater Beach.
Clearwater is a kind of an isolated place in the Tampa/St. Pete area across a causeway. A causeway; what can thrill a kid from an inland state more than traveling along a narrow, two-mile stretch of road with water on both sides to get to a beach vacation spot!?
We always stayed at the same place, the Islander Motel, a classic 50’s-style motor inn. We could see it from the moment we entered Clearwater Beach, for it had a distinctive orange roof that pointed up at the ends.
As as family, we loved the place. A big part of this was its simple layout – two floors looking down at a pool – which created an intimate atmosphere with the other guests. We quickly became friends with other vacationers and soon began timing our trips to meet them every year.
We became especially good friends with a family from Seymour, Indiana, named the Willies. They had boys the ages of my sister and myself – I was in my early teens and my sister was approaching high school – and we played endless hours of intense shuffleboard.
We also hung out on the back dock with the well-tanned teenage son of the owner of The Islander, whom we envied very much because he got to do this all the time.
It was on that dock where we were entertained for hours by a crusty 50-something character from St. Louis, who always had a fishing pole in the water but never caught anything, except for a considerable buzz from the cans of Hamm’s beer he was constantly consuming. With each empty, his stories got better and better and he had us roaring into the night.
We also rode the elevators of the other hotels (without my sister; this was boys stuff!).
This provided hours of amusement, especially after I discovered that if I hit the button at the Holiday Inn just after it passed a floor, when the door opened we would be a few inches above the floor.
This would always startle the people getting onto the elevator and while holding back laughter we would give them a “oh I don’t know it’s really strange” look.
After many experiments, we were able make the elevator stop an entire foot above the floor. This pleased us very much.
One night, one of the other vacationing families invited us to their room for dinner. They had caught crabs and were boiling them in a pot. Live!
Well this certainly got my attention and as I peered into a pot, a crab crawled out of it and came after me! The father decided he could use a little entertainment so he put the crab on the floor and everyone laughed as it chased me out the door.
Then we ate it.
I always remember those family vacations when summertime arrives on the calendar. I recall with fond memories the Islander Motel and its pointed orange roof, the shuffleboard, the lively elevator rides, of being chased by a crab and entertained by George on the back deck.
These are certainly memories worth preserving forever.
Recommendations On How To Make Pacific Coast Highway Safer
The Malibu City Council approved 150 measures to make the scenic but dangerous Pacific Coast Highway through its area safer. That’s great, but 150 measures seems a fantasy rather than reality.
The top criteria that needs to be addressed is speed. People simply drive to fast on a road that’s curvy, has bad intersections that choke traffic and is designed for slow-moving traffic, not vehicles roaring through as if it’s an open freeway.
The second big safety issue of PCH in Malibu is one that is beyond the city council’s control: apathy.
For some reason, no matter how many accidents occur on PCH – and how those accidents put traffic at a standstill for hours – or how many fatalities there are (three in June alone) people still speed as if it’s the NASCAR race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
Speed is the main safety issue on PCH and it’s fueled by apathy.
Only about 20 people showed up to the city council meeting to discuss road changes. You would think there would have been hundreds, yelling and screaming in a scene reminiscent of the scene in “Jaws” when they met to discuss closing the beaches.
Well some may not care but Surfside Sam does because what should be one of the most scenic drives in Los Angeles is one of the most dangerous. So here’s my suggestions for making it safer as well as scenic:
• Reduce the speed limit to between 35-45 through the main section from Santa Monica to Pepperdine and enforce it!
• Reduce the number of traffic lights just north of Santa Monica. And redesign the intersections while you’re at it. The lights and poorly-designed intersections not on only back up traffic but create a hazard; sometimes you’re coming around a curve to find a line of cars stopped right in front of you.
• Put in turn lanes.
• Put in a buffer between PCH and the street parking. As things are now, you drive along and say “oh, hey, there’s a spot!,” and make a sudden and dangerous maneuver to get to it. And while you’re at it, improve the signage to point out the free parking areas and also clean up those areas; right now they are so messy they look like a junior high school boy’s room.
• Remove those silly and confusing white plastic poles in the middle of the road that seem to serve no purpose. They are so close to the lane they can actually cause you to swerve into the other lane.
• Bike lanes. There should be a bike path that runs the entire length of Malibu. And instead of being on the street, it should be like it is elsewhere in Los Angeles – along the beach.
Yes, you’ll have to zig and zag a bit because the beach isn’t nearly as wide in Malibu as it is in Santa Monica and the South Bay, but it’s a heck of a lot safer, more scenic and better for businesses along the sand than on the road.
Until these things are done, then PCH in Malibu will be unsafe at any speed. Especially high speed.
El Capitan State Beach is re-opening after the Santa Barbara oil pipeline spill closed it a month ago, while Refugio State Beach remains closed.
El Capitan will open on June 26, but officials ask campers not arrive until noon. That means it will be open for the Fourth of July.
Still impacted is Refugio State Beach, which is not taking camping reservations until July 9. And that date could change.
Surfside Sam continues to recommend that if you are driving Highway 101 past these areas – which are just north of Santa Barbara and south of Solvang – to slow down and watch out for sudden traffic slow-downs or stops.
To find out the latest condition, a toll-free number has been set up; it’s 1-866-753-3619.