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It was a BEAUTIFUL day to be on the beach. The ocean was white and foamy and the sky was clear and blue. Unfortunately, the tide was very high (9.4 at 12:01 pm) and the riprap along most of my mile made it difficult to easily walk the mile.

Conditions

Temperature: 45 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 9.4 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 34. Number of dogs: 6. Walking or running: 20. Playing in surf: 7. Playing in sand: 5. Other Activities: 2 on the riprap.

Concerns

Climbing bluffs/seastacks, Driftwood removal, Litter

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 2.

Notable Wildlife

2 groups of sandpipers at the water's edgeno gulls on the beach but flying overhead

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 2. 1 pelican1 seagull

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces. plastic bottles, sups, bags, and lids, cellophane, food wrappers, bottles, cans, rope, cigarette butts, and disposable lighters

Man-made Modifications

Equipment in place in install riprap in the 600 block of North Pacific. They must have gotten their permit to make permanent their emergency riprap

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune, Newly exposed roots/trees falling.

Actions & Comments

The tide was very high and there was limited access to the beach. Walkers either had to climb the riprap to avoid the waves or stay in areas away from the riprap.Many large, medium, and small logs have washed on the beach. Lots of seaweed, small wood, and debris washed in with the tide.There was a very large and full bag of house garbage in front of the wayside. It appears that someone may have tried unsuccessfully to burn it on the beach, but unfortunately it was scattered over a large area in front of the wayside.

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Rockaway Beach, State Wayside

February 19, 2024

I observed new signs in Rockaway city proper, restricting using the public access to the beach at 1st and 2nd Avenues. Sign reads NO ACCESS: Until further notice, all city owned paths, walkways, stairs, and any other improved or unimproved access ways to recreation areas are closed.

Jesse Jones

Mile 293

Rockaway Beach, State Wayside

May 3, 2023

Extremely clean beach.

Mary and Zio

Mile 293

Rockaway Beach, State Wayside

April 2, 2023

Large bale of styrofoam found.

Mary and Zio

Mile 293

Rockaway Beach, State Wayside

January 1, 2023

Overall the beach looked pretty good for post king tides and fireworks.

Mary and Zio

Mile 293

Rockaway Beach, State Wayside

October 22, 2022

Mary and Zio

Mile 293

Rockaway Beach, State Wayside

September 7, 2022

For the day after a holiday weekend the beach was exceptionally clean.

Mary and Zio

Mile 293

Rockaway Beach, State Wayside

February 6, 2022

A warm February day.

Mary and Zio

Mile 293

Rockaway Beach, State Wayside

December 31, 2021

A relatively calm day before the first King tide of 2022.

Mary and Zio