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By Bryce Alderton | September 5, 2013
It was a typical Labor Day weekend on Laguna's beaches, even if the humidity was unusual. Lifeguards made 147 rescues Friday through Monday among moderate surf and crowded beaches, Laguna Beach Marine Safety Capt. Tom Trager said. Surf from the southwest averaged 2 to 4 feet and water temperatures ranged from 62 to 66 degrees, a bit lower than normal for this time of year, he said. Rescues were spread among Treasure Island, Main Beach and Crescent Bay and mainly occurred close to shore, Trager said.
NEWS
April 2, 2004
Recently, one of our letter writers suggested Laguna hire a full-time Marine Safety and Education Officer. We like the idea of a full-time tide pool monitor with the authority to enforce the $1,000 fine for taking sea creatures. Of course, considering city leaders can't even afford to hire enough lifeguards for their liking, a marine safety officer is a long shot. In the meantime, we have our docents -- thank you very much -- and we have our vigilant beachgoers.
NEWS
March 19, 2009
Snow to succeed Klosterman as chief Mark Klosterman, who has been chief of marine safety since 1996, has announced his retirement at the end of April. Kevin Snow, who has been the captain in the marine safety department since 2003, will become chief of the department effective May 4. Snow first started working for the marine safety department as a seasonal lifeguard in 1981. He eventually became a full-time, year-round lifeguard at Lake Mission Viejo. In 1996, he rejoined the city as a career marine safety officer.
NEWS
May 19, 2006
Hotels should post tide pool rules In your editorial regarding tide pools, you find it "Amazing ? adults who presumably can read the large posted signs at the staircases ? " would be the people violating our tide pools. That these people "with young children in tow, ? catching small fish ? taken back to a hotel room ? ". But those people staying in the oceanside hotels are not walking past those "large posted signs." They should be, but there is no requirement for the posting of such signs by the hotels.
NEWS
February 12, 2009
Mark Klosterman, chief of marine safety in Laguna Beach, will be retiring at the close of business on May 1, City Manager Ken Frank has announced. Klosterman has worked for the city in the Marine Safety Department for about 30 years. He started as an Easter Week lifeguard in April 1974, was a seasonal/recurrent lifeguard from 1975 to 1979, and became a full-time lifeguard in 1979. Klosterman served as Marine Safety Lt. from 1993 to 1996 at which time he was promoted to chief of marine safety.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | October 8, 2007
During the opening weekend of spiny lobster season, Sept. 29-30, Laguna Beach Marine Protection officers had their hands full with divers seeking to be the first to bag the tasty crustaceans in night dives. Lobster season continues to March 8. A Marine Protection officer and Marine Safety officer made contact with 172 divers in the waters from Crescent Bay to Three Arch Bay on opening weekend, according to City Manager Ken Frank. The officers worked night shifts that Saturday and Sunday to ensure compliance with fish and game laws, Frank stated in a weekly memo to the City Council.
NEWS
By Josh Aden | June 28, 2007
As summer crowds begin to storm Laguna's beaches, the city's safety organizations are gearing up to keep Fourth of July festivities safe. The holiday is one of Laguna Beach's busiest beach-going days of the year. Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman said he expects about 60,000 people to visit the beach Wednesday. Klosterman said last weekend's opening of the summer season wasn't too difficult for the lifeguard staff. The beach only had waves between one and three feet high and there was little in the way of dangerous currents, allowing the beach to be green-flagged all weekend.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | May 31, 2011
The week leading up to Memorial Day saw more alcohol-related citations and arrests, among other police services, than the same time frame last year, according to Laguna Beach Police. There were 988 calls for officers and service this year from May 24 to Monday, 59 more than 2010. Total arrests nearly tripled compared to last year with 73 arrests versus 28 in 2010. Public intoxication arrests doubled, from three in 2010 to six this year, as well as hit-and-run collisions, going from four to nine.
NEWS
February 15, 2013
Laguna Beach lifeguard tryouts will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 23 at Main Beach. Sign-in starts at 7:30 a.m., and applicants should expect to enter the water at 9 a.m. Candidates must complete a 1,000-meter swim in 20 minutes to advance to the Seasonal and Rookie Ocean Lifeguard Academy. The Marine Safety Department expects to hire 10 to 12 graduates of the academy, said Marine Safety Lt. Kai Bond. About 100 candidates participated in physical testing last year. Additional tryouts make take place.
NEWS
By Dave Kerr | June 16, 2006
As a 53-year resident, lifetime year-round beach user and former city lifeguard, I feel compelled to write regarding the use of seasonal lifeguards in place of full-time employees within the city's Marine Safety department. It is obvious to anyone observing beach usage in Laguna that there is a need for a vigilant, well-trained, professional and highly motivated lifeguard service to patrol the local beaches year round. Currently, five seasonal ocean lifeguards work full-time without benefits, retirement or proper training to maintain Laguna's excellent beach safety record.
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By Bryce Alderton | September 5, 2013
It was a typical Labor Day weekend on Laguna's beaches, even if the humidity was unusual. Lifeguards made 147 rescues Friday through Monday among moderate surf and crowded beaches, Laguna Beach Marine Safety Capt. Tom Trager said. Surf from the southwest averaged 2 to 4 feet and water temperatures ranged from 62 to 66 degrees, a bit lower than normal for this time of year, he said. Rescues were spread among Treasure Island, Main Beach and Crescent Bay and mainly occurred close to shore, Trager said.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | May 31, 2011
The week leading up to Memorial Day saw more alcohol-related citations and arrests, among other police services, than the same time frame last year, according to Laguna Beach Police. There were 988 calls for officers and service this year from May 24 to Monday, 59 more than 2010. Total arrests nearly tripled compared to last year with 73 arrests versus 28 in 2010. Public intoxication arrests doubled, from three in 2010 to six this year, as well as hit-and-run collisions, going from four to nine.
NEWS
March 19, 2009
Snow to succeed Klosterman as chief Mark Klosterman, who has been chief of marine safety since 1996, has announced his retirement at the end of April. Kevin Snow, who has been the captain in the marine safety department since 2003, will become chief of the department effective May 4. Snow first started working for the marine safety department as a seasonal lifeguard in 1981. He eventually became a full-time, year-round lifeguard at Lake Mission Viejo. In 1996, he rejoined the city as a career marine safety officer.
NEWS
February 12, 2009
Mark Klosterman, chief of marine safety in Laguna Beach, will be retiring at the close of business on May 1, City Manager Ken Frank has announced. Klosterman has worked for the city in the Marine Safety Department for about 30 years. He started as an Easter Week lifeguard in April 1974, was a seasonal/recurrent lifeguard from 1975 to 1979, and became a full-time lifeguard in 1979. Klosterman served as Marine Safety Lt. from 1993 to 1996 at which time he was promoted to chief of marine safety.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | October 8, 2007
During the opening weekend of spiny lobster season, Sept. 29-30, Laguna Beach Marine Protection officers had their hands full with divers seeking to be the first to bag the tasty crustaceans in night dives. Lobster season continues to March 8. A Marine Protection officer and Marine Safety officer made contact with 172 divers in the waters from Crescent Bay to Three Arch Bay on opening weekend, according to City Manager Ken Frank. The officers worked night shifts that Saturday and Sunday to ensure compliance with fish and game laws, Frank stated in a weekly memo to the City Council.
NEWS
By Josh Aden | June 28, 2007
As summer crowds begin to storm Laguna's beaches, the city's safety organizations are gearing up to keep Fourth of July festivities safe. The holiday is one of Laguna Beach's busiest beach-going days of the year. Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman said he expects about 60,000 people to visit the beach Wednesday. Klosterman said last weekend's opening of the summer season wasn't too difficult for the lifeguard staff. The beach only had waves between one and three feet high and there was little in the way of dangerous currents, allowing the beach to be green-flagged all weekend.
NEWS
May 19, 2006
Hotels should post tide pool rules In your editorial regarding tide pools, you find it "Amazing ? adults who presumably can read the large posted signs at the staircases ? " would be the people violating our tide pools. That these people "with young children in tow, ? catching small fish ? taken back to a hotel room ? ". But those people staying in the oceanside hotels are not walking past those "large posted signs." They should be, but there is no requirement for the posting of such signs by the hotels.
NEWS
April 2, 2004
Recently, one of our letter writers suggested Laguna hire a full-time Marine Safety and Education Officer. We like the idea of a full-time tide pool monitor with the authority to enforce the $1,000 fine for taking sea creatures. Of course, considering city leaders can't even afford to hire enough lifeguards for their liking, a marine safety officer is a long shot. In the meantime, we have our docents -- thank you very much -- and we have our vigilant beachgoers.
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