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On Sunday July 27, 2014, Nick Fagnano, 20, was fatally struck by lightning. On the anniversary of his death, friends and family gathered on Venice Beach to celebrate his life.

News, Venice, Beach

VIDEO: Venice Beach Lightning Strike Victim Nick Fagnano Remembered

Posted Jul. 29, 2015, 9:32 am

On Sunday July 27, 2014, Nick Fagnano, 20, was fatally struck by lightning. On the anniversary of his death, friends and family gathered on Venice Beach to celebrate his life.

News, Sports, Beach, Surfing

U.S. Open Of Surfing Begins Today In Huntington Beach

Posted Jul. 25, 2015, 9:11 am

Huntington Beach police have much the same game plan this year for the U.S. Open of Surfing, which begins today and runs through Aug. 2, and are hoping security goes as smoothly as last year.

Santa Monica Beach is a forum where all are welcome and where all are embraced.

News, Beach, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Beach: A United Nations Of Beachgoers

Posted Jul. 19, 2015, 9:17 am

It’s an amazing sight to see, one that commands a humble appreciation for the diverse inclusivity that Santa Monica has long been renowned and beloved for.

Latest weather news.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Weather

Early Morning Storm, Lightning Closes Santa Monica Beach

Posted Jul. 18, 2015, 8:52 am

Beaches from Redondo to Zuma were closed for 100 minutes by lifeguards today, when lightning flashed and unusual summer clouds dropped scattered heavy rain, a gift from a dying Mexican hurricane.

Beach showers in Santa Monica will continue to flow despite many State Beaches shutting off showers to conserve water.

News, Beach, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Beach Showers To Keep Flowing

Posted Jul. 17, 2015, 10:05 am

Her long blond hair matched the color of the sand she stood ankle deep in. Her three boys, covered in both dry and wet sand, played around her feet.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Venice, Beach, Police Department

Venice Beach Fatal Overdose: Woman Aged 44 Dies, Two Others Hospitalized

Posted Jul. 13, 2015, 9:38 am

A 44-year-old woman died and two other people were hospitalized in critical condition after apparently overdosing on GHB, commonly known as the "club drug" or "date rape" drug, at Venice Beach just before sunrise today.

News, Beach

Huntington Beach "Shark Sighting" Closure Ends

Posted Jul. 11, 2015, 10:38 am

The coast was clear at Huntington Beach today, as a 24-hour "shark sighting" closure of one of America's most-popular beaches ended.

Spotted: An unpermitted surf school lesson takes place on Santa Monica Beach. A local permitted surf school owner who pays the City of Santa Monica business tax says the problem of unlawful operations is escalating with surf instructors coming from as far away as Orange County to conduct their lessons in Santa Monica because of non-existent enforcement.

News, Business, Beach, Santa Monica, City Hall

VIDEO: Rogue Surf Schools Anger Permitted Instructors Who Claim City Fails To Shut Down Unlawful Operations

Posted Jul. 10, 2015, 9:03 am

Imagine that you’re a business owner in Santa Monica and your business is teaching people how to surf: you’re a surf instructor. You follow the law and pay the city for a permit that grants you access to an area of the beach to hold your lessons — not because you want to, but because it’s in compliance with the city’s regulations governing surf instructors. In addition, the permit requires you to pay 15 to 20 percent of your gross income to the city, which also has regulations over the size of your surf classes and on instructors, too.

Dockweiler State Beach.

News, Fire Department, Beach

Girl, 2, Burned After Climbing Into Fire Pit At Dockweiler State Beach

Posted Jul. 5, 2015, 7:46 am

A 2-year-old girl suffered burns to both her hands and feet after she climbed into a fire pit in Dockweiler State Beach, according to fire officials.

Brock on Your Block host Phil Brock speaks with Marion Clark, Programs Director for Surf Academy and the Surf Bus Foundation, about World Oceans Day.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: The Importance Of World Oceans Day

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 10:07 am

Brock on Your Block host Phil Brock speaks with Marion Clark, Programs Director for Surf Academy and the Surf Bus Foundation, about World Oceans Day.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Heal The Bay

Santa Monica Remains On “Beach Bummer List”

Posted Jun. 19, 2015, 9:50 am

It may be one of the most crowded places to swim in the summer, but Santa Monica has again ranked poorly in an annual report that grades beaches along the Californian coastline.

Latest Santa Monica Public Library news.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Library

Santa Monica Public Library Is Headed To The Beach

Posted Jun. 18, 2015, 8:36 am

Summer and reading belong together like surf and sun, so the Santa Monica Public Library will be setting up shop on the shore and signing out books to literature hungry beachgoers at a series of five ‘pop up‘ libraries between June 26 and Aug. 28.

Beach, Ocean, Long Beach

Long Beach Reopens Beach Following Tar Balls Closure

Posted Jun. 5, 2015, 10:16 am

A four-mile stretch of beach in Long Beach that was closed after tar balls washed ashore on Wednesday afternoon was reopened this morning, authorities said.

Latest Malibu news.

News, Malibu, Beach

Large Globs Of Tar Wash Ashore At Zuma Beach

Posted Jun. 2, 2015, 9:24 am

Large globs of tar washed ashore Monday at Zuma Beach, and samples of the pancake-sized petroleum were to be tested for their source.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Ocean

South Bay Beaches Reopen Following Closure Caused By Tar Balls

Posted May. 30, 2015, 9:16 am

South Bay beaches were reopened Friday after being closed for more than two days because tar balls washed ashore, authorities said.

The City of Santa Monica is a winner of its 2015 Best Restored Beach Award.

News, Beach, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica Beach Project Named One Of America’s Best Restored Beaches For 2015

Posted May. 27, 2015, 9:29 am

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announced last week that the City of Santa Monica is a winner of its 2015 Best Restored Beach Award.

The U10 girls Extra team and the U10 girls All Star team.

Sports, Soccer, Beach, Santa Monica

All Santa Monica Final In SM Copacabana Sand Soccer Tournament

Posted May. 20, 2015, 9:52 am

The U10 Girls Division Final of the Santa Monica Copacabana tournament on Sunday was SM AYSO U10 Girls Extra team versus SM AYSO U10 Girls All Star Team.

Latest high surf news.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Weather

High Surf Continues To Batter The Coast; Advisory In Force Until Late Tuesday

Posted May. 4, 2015, 9:49 am

High surf will continue to batter Southern California's coast today amid dangerous rip currents and perilous conditions for swimmers, the National Weather Service said.

A 45-foot sailboat was knocked on its side in Venice on Sunday and had its keel broken because of heavy winds.

News, Venice, Beach, Santa Monica

Rescue Teams Dispatched To Venice, Dockweiler To Help Sailboats In Distress

Posted May. 4, 2015, 9:36 am

Rescue teams on Sunday afternoon aided a boat on its side in Venice and quickly afterward had to get to a wayward vessel in Dockweiler State Beach drifting close to the shore, fire officials said.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Beach, Santa Monica, Columnist

Old Ideas Are Nude Again When It Comes To Women Bathing Topless On Beaches

Posted May. 2, 2015, 9:24 am

Sorry to race right to the finale, but … there will not be any nude or “topless” sun bathing on Venice Beach. Not because of any lack of support for rights or women having parity in the ability to cast off their tops… but because I am offering this sensible list of "Top 10 Reasons There Will No Topless Bathing at Venice Beach."

News, Beach

Shark Sightings Prompt Closure At San Clemente Beach

Posted Apr. 11, 2015, 8:40 am

Two shark sightings -- one on Thursday night and another on Friday morning -- prompted the closure of San Clemente Beach until about noon today.

Brock on your Block host Phil Brock visits the South Beach Park Playground in Santa Monica.

News, Beach, Video, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: South Beach Park Playground

Posted Mar. 19, 2015, 12:02 pm

Brock on your Block host Phil Brock speaks with Alan Toy, Santa Monica Recreation & Parks Commission and Necdet Ozturk, Vice President of the World Disability Union/Foundation about Santa Monica’s Universally Accessible Playground.

Veterans for Peace members and volunteer supporters receive City commendation from Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown on the 11th anniversary of Arlington West. Mayor McKeown (center, holding commendation) is flanked by Ed Ellis (left) and Michael Lindley (right) and other members and supporters of Veterans for Peace on the Santa Monica Beach site of the installation commemorating the human costs and consequences of war.

News, Beach, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Beach Weekly Memorial, Arlington West, Marks 11th Anniversary

Posted Feb. 19, 2015, 8:33 am

Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown presented a City of Santa Monica commendation on Sunday to organizers of Arlington West, the weekly war memorial installation on the beach just north of the Santa Monica Pier that is marking its eleventh anniversary.

Latest high surf news.

News, Beach, Santa Monica

High Surf Pounds Coast As Strong Winds Whip Region

Posted Feb. 10, 2015, 9:35 am

High surf pounded the Southland coast today as strong winds whipped the region, prompting forecasters to warn of difficult driving conditions along the the Interstate 5 corridor in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Dockweiler State Beach.

News, Beach, Police Department

Man Hospitalized After Boat Runs Aground At Dockweiler Beach Overnight

Posted Jan. 22, 2015, 8:49 am

A person was hospitalized with minor injuries after being rescued from a boat that had run aground at Dockweiler Beach Wednesday night.

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