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Voluntary evacuation order lifted for Texas coastal city

Dec. 5, 2019 5:17 PM EST

PORT NECHES, Texas (AP) — Officials in the Texas coastal city of Port Neches lifted a voluntary evacuation order Thursday that was issued overnight because of concerns about air quality following a pair of chemical plant explosions last week. Officials issued the voluntary order for the city of roughly...

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

Dec. 5, 2019 12:46 PM EST

SWANSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis. With a total annual budget of $225 million,...

Cape Hatteras National Seashore gets accessible duck blind

Dec. 5, 2019 4:39 AM EST

BODIE ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — The Cape Hatteras National Seashore has a new wheelchair accessible duck blind. The Bodie Island, North Carolina, structure near state Highway 12 is the seashore's first accessible blind and among few found elsewhere, The Virginian-Pilot reported. “It was just something...

Alabama beach town reconsidering Hangout music festival

Dec. 4, 2019 5:15 PM EST

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama town is reconsidering whether to allow a beachfront music festival that has become a staple on the northern Gulf Coast. WPMI-TV reported Wednesday that officials in Gulf Shores say citizen complaints may result in them not renewing a permit for the Hangout Fest in 2020....

New projection: Faster rising seas forecast in South Florida

Dec. 4, 2019 5:12 PM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — New scientific projections released Wednesday predict that ocean levels will rise even faster than previously forecast over the next four decades in low-lying southeastern Florida, which is already prone to frequent flooding even on sunny days. Compared with estimates made in 2015,...

New tax district could help fund Maui erosion restoration

Dec. 4, 2019 9:56 AM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A new county financing tool could be used to raise millions of dollars for a project to restore part of the Maui coastline damaged by erosion, officials said. The Maui County Planning Department and the Kahana Bay Steering Committee want to establish a community facilities district,...

Miami Beach scene inspires Dior’s first US runway show

Dec. 3, 2019 11:26 PM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kim Jones was clearly inspired by Miami’s pastel beach scene as he designed his men’s fall 2020 collection for Christian Dior. Tuesday’s show was the first foray on US soil for the iconic Parisian fashion house. Intense pastels inspired by South Beach’s...

Honolulu lifeguards find body of man swept out to sea

Dec. 2, 2019 3:39 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu lifeguards have found the body of a man believed to have been swept off a rocky shoreline by a wave over the weekend. Emergency Services Department spokeswoman Shayne Enright says lifeguards found the body Monday morning. The body matches the description of a 19-year-old man swept...

Moore, Marks earn US women’s Olympic surfing spots

Dec. 2, 2019 12:05 AM EST

HONOLUA BAY, Hawaii (AP) — Carissa Moore of Honolulu and Caroline Marks of Melbourne Beach, Florida, qualified for the two spots on the U.S. women’s Olympic surfing team Sunday. Moore and Marks finished as the top two American women on the 2019 World Surf League rankings. Lakey Peterson of Santa...

Scientists race to document Puerto Rico’s coastal heritage

Dec. 2, 2019 12:00 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of U.S.-based scientists is rushing to document indigenous sites along Puerto Rico’s coast dating back a couple of thousand years before rising sea levels linked to climate change destroy a large chunk of the island’s heritage that is still being...