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Most Coastal States are Poorly Equipped to Respond to Rising Seas and Extreme Weather

Report: Most Coastal States are Poorly Equipped to Respond to Rising Seas and Extreme Weather

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New analysis from the Surfrider Foundation details states’ beach health and the ability to respond to extreme weather.

(CALIFORNIA) – The Surfrider Foundation today announced the release of its annual State of the Beach Report Card, which grades 30 states and the territory of Puerto Rico on policies to address coastal erosion, sea level rise and extreme weather events. The results reveal that the majority of states assessed are performing at moderate to poor levels, with the lowest states located in regions that are most heavily impacted by extreme weather events. The overarching trends also indicate that while the majority of states need to make improvements to protect our coastlines for the future, they also need continued support at the federal level for the Coastal Zone Management Act and funding for agencies such as NOAA.

Thirteen states scored a D or F, including states that have fared the worst in hurricanes over the past several years. Every single Gulf state scored a D or F – except Texas, which scored a C. As about 40 percent of the U.S. population lives along America’s coastlines and the ocean economy contributes more than $352 billion to U.S. GDP annually, the protection of our beaches and coastlines is not only important for our environment but it’s also in the nation’s best economic interest.

“Our beaches are disappearing at alarming rates, and our report shows that the majority of states do not have strong policies in place to protect our coasts, or worse, have loopholes that actually prevent it,” said Dr. Chad Nelsen, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation. “A glaring trend of the report reveals that many of the areas hit hardest from recent extreme weather events, are the least prepared to address coastal erosion, rising sea levels and the increasing impacts of climate change.”

Surfrider’s State of the Beach Report Card evaluates the performance of 30 coastal and Great Lakes states, in addition to Puerto Rico, against criteria across four major categories of sediment management, development, coastal armoring and sea level rise. Each state was assessed on policies, regulations, planning and implementation based on existing literature, online resources, communication with coastal zone management agencies and local monitoring by the Surfrider Foundation, which leads more than 80 chapters and 60 youth clubs nationwide.

“The goal of the State of the Beach Report Card is to increase awareness of the enormous threats facing our coastlines and to improve how states and municipalities respond to coastal erosion and sea level rise,” said Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, Coastal Preservation Manager for the Surfrider Foundation. “The report card is intended to empower concerned citizens to work with their coastal municipalities, motivate decision-makers and agencies to implement proactive solutions, and the results demonstrate the need for continued federal support to strengthen the resiliency of our coastline.”

Since the year 2000, the Surfrider Foundation has been compiling the State of the Beach report to assess the health of our nation’s beaches. For more information, visit Surfrider’s comprehensive State of the Beach online resource or find out more at Surfrider.org.

Source: Surfrider Foundation

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Puerto Rico is Open for Tourists

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Travelocity® and Expedia Media Solutions®, in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, are ramping up efforts to help shift public perception of the situation in Puerto Rico, this week.

Puerto Rico has always been a popular destination for travelers, as well as a fantastic, long-term partner, and we jumped at the chance to work with Travelocity to support the Puerto Rico Tourism Company,” said Wendy Olson Killion, global senior director for Expedia Media Solutions. “The collaborative campaign will ensure new and repeat visitors know Puerto Rico is again open for tourism, and that tourism will positively impact the island’s economy and contribute to recovery efforts.”

Approximately 68,000 locals are employed in the tourism sector, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. With this importance to the economy, the simple and enjoyable act of visiting Puerto Rico can make a huge difference. For more information on the Island, travelers can also visit SeePuertoRico.com.

“We are thrilled to have our Travelocity and Expedia partners join in spreading the word that the Island is, in fact, open for tourism,” said Carla Campos, acting executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “It is with pride and hospitality, traits that characterize our people, that we welcome visitors with open arms, because coming to visit us is the best way to support us right now.”

The campaign, which was donated on behalf of Travelocity and Expedia Media Solutions, includes on site advertising placements, a dedicated page highlighting the hotels and resorts that are open for business in Puerto Rico, and useful content about the country on the Travelocity “Inspire” blog.

Travelocity is offering $150 off a $1500 package booking with code CARIBNOW from now until February 6th, 2018 for travel between now and September 16th, 2018. For full terms and conditions visit http://travelocity.us/PuertoRico.

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Rosselló Asks Police Officers to Return to Work

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló asked members of the Puerto Rico Police Department to return to work, Jan. 8.

The massive absenteeism of police officers has been largely attributed to the lack of overtime pay in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, but some say it goes back even further.

“I ask of any partner of the uniformed force that is not attending [work]at this moment – I ask of them to return,” said Rosselló. It’s not just about giving a message about a series of initiatives, but it’s a matter of safety for our people.

Rosselló is currently evaluating how police officers that missed work, will be reprimanded.

“We’re establishing which administrative measures will take place,” said Rosselló. There’s a lot of information that needs to be gathered.

At times, approximately 8,000 police officers have missed worked, out of about 14,000 islandwide.

Police union representatives have said that police officers are using their sick and holiday time available.

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Watch Carmen Yulín Suck Up a Load of Bribe Cash

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Here we go again. Another Carmen Yulín appearance on The Simpsons.

Spoiler alert: Donald Trump tries to bribe Robert Mueller with a room full of cash. Mueller leaves.

Then Carmen Yulín walks into the room dressed as a housemaid before revealing her usual “comandante de la revolución” outfit.

Yulín then pulls out a vacuum cleaner to suck up the loads of American cold-hard-cash bribe money.

Mueller Meets Trump, Season 29

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