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Town Hall Meeting To Cover Ocean and Beach Safety

Apr 29, 2015 08:15PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Swimmers prepare to round the Manhattan Beach Pier in last year's Pier to Pier ocean swimming event

Concerned about sharks, riptides, sea lions, or general ocean safety? A town hall meeting on May 14 with local police, fire, lifeguard, and ocean experts will cover all of that and more.

The meeting, titled "Ocean and Beach Safety: Everything You Need to Know," will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Fire Department Station #1 at 400 15th Street in Manhattan Beach. Led by Manhattan Beach Mayor Wayne Powell, the meeting will feature panelists including Manhattan Beach Police Chief Eve Irvine, Manhattan Beach Fire Captain and Lifeguard Dave Shenbaum, L.A. County Lifeguard Section Chief Terry Yamamoto, CSULB Shark Lab Director Dr. Chris Lowe, and L.A. Marine Mammal Care Center Executive Director David Bard.

Panelists will give information on keeping safe at the beach, discuss shark and sea lion behavior and safety, and show a just-released ocean rescue video. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the open forum, and to talk to panelists one-on-one afterwards.

Ocean and beach safety is an ongoing local priority, and becomes top-of-mind as the summer season draws closer. The city of Manhattan Beach is known for its quiet and clean beaches, and is a great draw for visitors, especially on weekends, holidays, and sunny days. The city has 2.1 miles of beach front and 40 acres of recreational beach area in total.

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