Huntington State Beaches Are Pretty Safe

bolsa chica beachRecent statistics that crime is up at California state beaches, included Huntington Beach. But on further glance, it turned out that the types of crimes reported were mostly tresspassing and non-violent crimes such as theft. This type of news could support the idea that we need more and bigger government to enforce our laws at our pubic beaches. But with common sense and and volunteer armies of citizens pitching in, there are cheaper ways to keep the costs of beach maintenance down, and keep beaches as safe as they can be.

Millions of people visit California State beaches at Huntington Beach. There are two state beaches in the city–Bolsa Chica State Beach, and Huntington State Beach, and on any given day, you can feel confident that you’re in a fairly safe place on the sand (the water is another story).

One effective way to take charge of our beaches and make them healthy for all is volunteering. The concept that we need to hire more government workers to support our lifestyle and services  is a traditional approach that has been chipped away through downsizing of beach and state parks employees during California’s huge budget deficit.

How many residents and visitors  in and around Huntington Beach would be willing to pitch in and work at a beach? Quite a few already do, believe it or not. Just last week Kim Masoner’s Save Our Beach nonprofit organization hosted a Bolsa Chica Beach Clean-up with the football team from Marina High School. And Surfrider Foundation regularly meets at Bolsa Chica State Beach for beach clean ups. They are but two examples of the willingness of volunteers to pitch in and take charge of our beach assets.  If you’d like to host your own beach cleanup, either of these groups can help (saveourbeach.org)

Another example is the Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach.  A full time park ranger was replaced with volunteers and a part-time staff member paid for by Friends of Shipley Nature Center. The preserve has never looked better, and is a shining example of what the public can do when called into action.

One creative program adopted by San Pedro’s Cabrillo Marine Aquarium trains youngsters to become “leaders”. Kids as young as 7 and 8 years old learn all about the Aquarium and they actually know so much, they become volunteer leaders, taking groups of kids older themselves around the aquarium, telling them about it.

If you are thinking of visiting Huntington Beach beaches, they are open at 6 a.m. and they close at 10 p.m. The Bolsa Chica State Beach and Huntington City Beach both offer rv camping (no tent camping) which allows you to be on the parking lot near the beach after 10 p.m., but not on the sand.

If you are concerned with beach safety, the most common danger is drowning. You must be vigilant in protecting you and your family from this type of danger and follow beach safety guidelines. But if you are concerned about crime, you should not bring valuables to the beach, and you should make sure someone you trust always watches your stuff if you venture into the water.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 and is filed under Beaches. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

One Response to “Huntington State Beaches Are Pretty Safe”

  1. Malik Morelock on September 2nd, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Nice words here. For some reason this got me motivated to keep up the hard work.

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