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America’s best beach: Coronado, California

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It’s been a tough week for California beaches. Our own Molly Peterson reported on Heal The Bay’s latest beach report card, and the Golden State did not fare too well. Seven of their “Top Ten Beach Bummers” for pollution are found right here in L.A. County, including four in Malibu alone.

Happily, we get to go into the holiday weekend with some good news regarding one particular California beach. As reported by the Associated Press, “Dr. Beach,” AKA Florida International University professor and director of the school’s Laboratory for Coastal Research Stephen P. Leatherman, has named a Southern California beach — Coronado Beach, to be exact — as America’s best in his annual survey. It’s the first California beach to earn the distinction (based on environmental quality and safety) in over 20 years.