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Most Dangerous Beaches In U.S. (SoWal not one of them)

Discussion in 'All About SoWal' started by Paula, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. Paula

    Paula Beach Fanatic

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    Here's a story and slide show I saw this morning on Yahoo News. SoWal, nor any towns in our area (e.g., Destin, Panama City), are mentioned, though Florida and Gulf Coast of Florida in general are viewed as having some of the highest risks (perhaps because of so many people who come to our beaches, increasing the chances that someone will be hurt). Interesting information about beach dangers, especially for people not as familiar with beach-living/ocean. Right now, I think it would make sense to have a few beaches along SoWal with lifeguards -- not all of the beaches, but a few key beaches so that families have the option to swim where there's a life guard during certain hours of the day, as well as the option to swim where there isn't a life guard. Here's the link to the article:

    http://biz.yahoo.com/weekend/hazard_1.html
     
  2. kurt

    kurt Admin Staff Member

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    But to remain safe on the beach, Florida-beach expert David McRee recommends good old-fashioned common sense. "When you are on vacation, you have to realize that even though you may feel footloose and fancy free, you still have to use common sense."
     
  3. aquaticbiology

    aquaticbiology fishlips

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    my list of realistic beach dangers in SoWal: (just off the top of my head and mostly by experience)

    1 rip current/drowning (seen a rescue)
    2 hit by lightning (seen it happen)
    3 normal scuba dangers (diving)
    4 sunburn/jellyfish (experience, seen worse)
    5 step on stingray or underwater snake/eel (ouch experience - tomato juice)
    6 step on sea urchin/cut by barnacle/oyster (multiple experience-more juice)
    7 yellow jacket stings/bug bites (experienced while fishing)
    8 bacteria/poo in water (heard about it)
    9 hit by boat/jetski (seen it happen)
    10 heat stroke/shark attack (heard about it)

    just a day at the beach
     
  4. Beach Runner

    Beach Runner beats on hood

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    11 crossing 30-A to get to the beach (some people have no respect for pedestrians - I always stop when I see someone trying to cross the road)
    12 riding a bicycle to get to the beach (cars frequently pull out of streets/driveways onto the bike paths without looking for bicyclists)
     
  5. OnMackBayou

    OnMackBayou Beach Lover

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    13) Stay to watch the hurricane roll through
     

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