Bioluminescence has made its way to Orange County shores for the first time in three years and today residents can see it just in time as OC beaches reopen under state approval.
Bioluminescence hasn’t been seen further North than San Diego in three years.
The phenomenon made its way onto Orange County shores in the last week of April and has been attracting residents to beaches after sunset.
Bioluminescence is best viewed at least an hour after sunset and in places where waves receive friction from crashing onto things. Bluffs are a notable viewing spot for bioluminescence.
There has been no projection as to how long the bioluminescence will last. Cycles have lasted anywhere from one week to 9 months.
OC Beaches Open Immediately
Supervisor Lisa Bartlett made a Facebook post earlier today saying Orange County received approval from the state to open county beaches for recreational activities.
Supervisor Lisa Bartlett made public her disagreeance with Governor Newsom’s actions closing Orange County beaches in April and she posted on her Facebook that she would propose a plan to safely reopen the county’s coastline.
Supervisor Michelle Steel also expressed concern over Governor Newsom’s over-stepping.
“Governor Newsom’s memo directing the closure of Orange County beaches is a clear example of unnecessary government overreach. Orange County has been successful in flattening the curve. We are regularly increasing the number of available tests, and hospitalizations remain stable,” Supervisor Steel said in a press release. “Our highest priority is public health and public safety, and I’ve maintained that a large part of that includes our mental and physical well-being, which includes getting fresh air and exercise.
Supervisor Bartlett’s motion was voted on earlier this week by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and approved with a 3-2 vote to propose a plan to the state to open beaches.
The plan was approved the state of California today and results in beaches opening immediately for limited activities like walking, swimming, surfing, paddle boarding and other non-stationary activities.
“I am very pleased with this alternative to a complete shutdown and the collaborative efforts of state, county, and local officials to bring the plan to fruition,” Lisa Bartlett said in a press release. “This phased approach allows us to reopen our beaches in a prudent, responsible manner that prioritizes public health and safety, while recognizing the importance of outdoor recreation. We want Orange County residents to get back to fully enjoying their beaches as safely and quickly as possible.”
Orange County beaches are limiting activity use to non-stationary use. Sunbathing, sports, beach towels, chairs and coolers are not permitted at this time.