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Post-Tropical Cyclone Jose

Updated: 10pm EST Fri Sep 22 2017
Wind: 51 MPH | Location: 39.5N 68.4W | Movement: W
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Hurricane Maria

Updated: 10pm EST Fri Sep 22 2017
Wind: 126 MPH | Location: 21.0N 70.2W | Movement: NW
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The City of Miami Beach does nothing to enforce litter laws, organizations give out educational material to kids in schools and on the beaches at beach cleanups. Beach cleanups are done year round to set an example and STILL the beaches are filthier than ever. TC and I started the South Florida Chapter of Surfrider Foundation when I bitched on the old SURF INFO and TC contacted me to do something. Well we have tried over and over but the problem only gets worse. Why? 


NO RESPECT for the coastal environment, surfers or others. Locals from Miami-Dade County come to our beaches and trash it. They laugh at us locals that tell them to clean up after themselves. I am here to say that this MUST STOP! Come to the Surfrider meeting tomorrow night 7, PM at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens on Convention Center Drive to plan an all out attack on the City for not showing they give a damn and enforce the laws. Beach cleanups and education is great but without ENFORCEMENT it is a waste of time.

Show respect for the beach-if you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem. 


Open Thread Tj

'Testing the Waters' Press Conference




Yo my brothers and sisters, if you've got the time, please swing by the Rowing Club and attend the Press Conference, it is a bilingual event!  We'll be rolling out the Natural Resources Defense Council's 2008 'Testing the Waters' report (link goes to 2007 report - 08' report available at press conf.), a complilation of all the water testing done over 2007.

The report helps point out beaches that are having chronic water quality problems and others doing good.  Big part of the event is to get media attention for the 'Beach Act' which will help States get moola for more and better water testing that can be done in hours rather than days - ya know - learn the water is bad before you surf rather than 2 days after you've surfed.

It's a free event, cafe con leche and pastelitos served.  Our very own Greg Gordon will be speaking on behalf of SFL Surfrider - in both English and Espanol!  Go Greg!

Open Thread Tj

Great Story on Bal Harbour

This kind of flew under the radar this past week but the Miami Herald did a great piece on the Bal Harbour issue this past Sunday. Hope folks check it out, the story is by Sue Cocking the Herald's Outdoors writer, it's entitled: Bal Harbour ballyhoo lacks authority, logic.

What I like most about the piece is that Sue nails it on debunking the noise, riff-raff argument being made as a reason to deny night time use of the parking area. How a permit program for night use of the property is something the Village owes to the community.

I think some people also forget the chain of events and why the Village even blew up the old Harbour House building to have the new WCI Tower built - quite simply - MONEY. The new WCI development is a condo/hotel, it will reap the Village tens of millions more in municipal sales, hotel and property tax revenue over the previous development that only provided a fixed property tax income.

So I kinda laugh at the notion that the Village can't afford to appropriately patrol their less than 1 mile long municipality. Rather they attempt a sympathy argument, stereotyping that anyone who wants to use the area under the bridge at night is of a bad element - 'that could be your Grandma being terrorized, why would you let that happen?' That kind of manipulation cr@p stinks and frankly p*sses me off. I hope folks read Sue's article and stop buying into that BS.Truth is, they  are using that extra revenue elsewhere, some place that primarily benefits Village residents (for instance 4 paid attorneys [1 of which I know makes $225/hr] at the FDOT public hearing to fight against a permit program).

I hope someday the Village's leaders and residents show respect that the community has a right to this area. Lest it not be forgotten that the Village doesn't have to pay for $3 million sand pumping projects every couple of years to protect their buildings built to close to the shore. We, the federal, state and county taxpayers are the ones footing that bill. The least the Village can do is give back a small fraction of that savings by investing in a night time permit program and sufficient public safety to belay the fears they are extolling.

Really, in my mind, if they're not willing to give respect - they deserve none. Sometimes the rules in the surf lineup do apply to real life.

Open Thread Tj

Public Mtg - Part Deux! THE SKATE PARK!


City of Miami Beach wants to build a "Skate Plaza" as part of the rebuild of the 21st Street Recreation Center and old Carl Fischer Boathouse. Their current proposal for the skate part of the rebuild is, in my opinion, pretty weak but a BIG turnout by folks who want a place to skate in Miami Beach can definitely influence things.

More importantly, a vocal crew is needed to prevent what's currently on the table from getting axed. It's no secret that the historic preservation folks want to kill the Skate Plaza thing, "this is about restoring the Carl Fischer boathouse - a skate thing is not conducive with a treasured historical building like this". Hell if you can't build a skate plaza behind the Miami Beach Convention Center loading dock - where the f*ck can you???

Check-out the flyer about this meeting, I hope IWS - Quik - Liquid Tube - M.I.A - Fritz's - UNIV and all the other shops jump on this, hit the coconut-tele hard the next 2 days and make sure folks are there. If you want any type of skate park or plaza in Miami Beach folks will need to show up in force - bring family, friends and neighbors - body count is important at these types of meetings. I'll be there doing the suit and tie thing talking as a voice of reason that skating is good business AND the location is awesome being right across from Miami Beach High. Folks showing up on boards - especially bringing kids that say "yes, please I want a skate park" - that would be the bomb.

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Recent Observations
from: Fri 22 Sep 17 03:00 am
Spot st. augustine
canaveral east
ft. pierce
lake worth
fowey rocks
Wed 19 Feb 14 07:00 am
Observation is 31460 hours old
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Wind ----E (80)
@ 7.8 kt
NE (60)
@ 11.8 kt
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E (90)
@ 10 kt
NE (60)
@ 10 kt
Atmp/SST ----82.9 F/83.8 Fn/a F/n/a Fn/a F/82.8 Fn/a F/n/a F83.3 F/84.7 F
Significant Waves --------3.6 ft @ 12 sec----
Wind Waves ----1.6 ft @ 4 sec3 ft @ 4.8 sec2.6 ft @ 9.1 sec----
Swell ----3 ft @ 10 sec3.6 ft @ 10.8 sec2.3 ft @ 11.8 sec----
Synopsis: .... long period northeasterly swell from distant hurricane jose will continue to filter into the local atlantic waters keeping cautionary conditions in the waters off palm beach county into thursday. the wind will gradually increase out of the east on thursday and become turn more northeast or northerly by this weekend. .gulf stream hazards...long period northeasterly swell will bring seas up to 6 feet off palm beach county. the approximate location of the west wall of the gulf stream as of sep 19, 2017 at 1200 utc... 7 nautical miles southeast of fowey rocks. 13 nautical miles southeast of port everglades. 6 nautical miles east of lake worth. 9 nautical miles east southeast of jupiter inlet. this data courtesy of the naval oceanographic office.
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