Coastal Interpretive Center hosts grand reopening ceremony highlighted by remarks from U.S Rep. Derek Kilmer

The Ocean Shores Coastal Interpretive Center celebrated its grand reopening on Aug. 4 2021, after being closed for more than a year because of COVID-19 precautions and to remodel and update the plethora of exhibits unique to the life and history of the North Beach and central Washington coast. Participating and speaking during the event were U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, Ocean Shores Mayor Crystal Dingler, Grays Harbor County Commissioner Vickie Raines, as well current Interpretive Center Board President Michael Darling, and past board president Nancy Eldridge. A special presentation was made to longtime volunteer Walter Weed, and tours of the new exhibits (featured in an earlier North Beach Community TV video on our YouTube channel). The Coastal Interpretive Center is locate on the southern end of Ocean Shores at 1033 Catala Ave SE, phone: 360-289-4617

Fourth of July brings thousands of visitors, leaves with scores of emergency responses and more than 29 tons of trash

North Beach Now staff

Fourth of July festivities brought three days of fireworks and thousands of visitors to the beaches of Ocean Shores, also causing nearly 70 call responses from the Fire Department and depositing more than 29 tons of trash collected off the main beach approaches. North Beach Community TV reporters Michael Gershman and Scott D. Johnston have completed a video documentary that looks at the event from fireworks to cleanup.

Ocean Shores Fire Department 4th of July weekend: 23 Aid Calls 14 Fire Calls 1 CPR in progress 1 Airlift (Child Fireworks Injury) 1 Car Accident with Injuries 2 Surf Rescues 25 Illegal Burns.
"We were able to stop Dune Fires before any structures were damaged. No fatalities! A huge success thanks to our partnering agencies and extra resources Thank You: Grays Harbor 911 Dispatchers, Ocean Shores Police Dept., Shilo Hotel, CERT, Fire District 7, Hoquiam Fire Dept., Washington State Parks Dept., Grays Harbor County Sheriff deputies, WSP, Airlift Northwest, Grays Harbor Regional Health."

Stage 1 Water Emergency enacted for Ocean Shores due to disinfection supply problems

From Ocean Shores Public Works Director Nick Bird

A Stage 1 Water Emergency is intended to identify an anticipated water shortage. In this case, a critical chemical supplier for disinfection of drinking water in Ocean Shores has notified customers of an expected inability to meet demand due to manufacturing limitations.

Issuing this notice does not mean that the City will not be able to produce and deliver water, it is intended to raise awareness that if the City consumes the on-hand supply of disinfection material, the Washington State Department of Health will likely require the City to issue a Boil Water Notice, which will change how customers use drinking water. The City’s on-hand supply is limited and expected to last for approximately 30 days.

The City of Ocean Shores is asking both residential and commercial customers to be more aware of their water usage as this event unfolds. City staff has been informed that product manufacturing is expected to resume at the end of June, but staff does not have confirmation of when the next material order will be filled.

Depending on the usage rate of the on-hand supply and product availability, the City anticipates moving to a Stage 2 Water Emergency near the beginning of July. A Stage 2 Water Emergency is a serious water shortage and identifies that voluntary reductions in usage is necessary. It is important to note that as water usage decreases, the on-hand supply will last longer, buying valuable time and potentially staving off a Boil Water requirement.

At this time, there are no health or safety risks. The Stage 1 notice is intended to provide information for the general public regarding the immediate benefits of water conservation. Water conservation tips can be found in the City’s Annual Water Quality Report. Additional conservation tips may be made by the City as this emergency continues.

For more information regarding this information, please contact Nick Bird at (360) 940-7542.

Firebreak public discussion draws large crowd
as ocean shores city council continues to eye
options to protect hotels, properties along dunes

North Beach Community TV video of the full discussion

The Ocean Shores City Council continues to move forward toward a proposed 50-foot wide firebreak buffer between properties along the dunes and the often tinder dry vegetation that has taken over much of the outer dunes. Residents and longtime condo owners, as well as those in the hotel industry urged the council to consider the rising fire danger as well as the need to protect and mitigate any encroachment in the wetlands the city recently had fully mapped out in a delineation process. North Beach Community TV was filming the full council proceedings, seen starting Tuesday on Channel 68 for those having Coast Communications cable. For our online viewers, here is the video of the firebreak full discussion with public comment: