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How to behave at the beach: An etiquette guide

Beach goers soak in the morning sunshine on Venice beach a day after a rare lightning storm struck multiple people and killed one person who was swimming in the ocean at the time.
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Beach goers soak in the morning sunshine on Venice beach.

Beach culture is a critical part of Southern California, not just during the scorching summers, but all year long.

Beach culture is a critical part of Southern California. And it's not just during the scorching summers, but all year long.

The basic rules of the beach are pretty standard: Surf in the designated areas so you don’t knock someone out with your board, keep an eye on the kids, watch out for riptides, etc.

But what about the unspoken rules of public beaches? We’ve all seen the PDA-heavy couples, the extra skimpy suits, the family who left their lunch out to attract a flock of seagulls, and the frisbee-flinging beachgoers who scatter sand all over people’s towels.

What is the best way to stay considerate on the beach? What kinds of beach etiquette should govern the open waters?

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Guest:

Meredith McCarthy,  program director, Heal the Bay

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