With Beaches & Bars Closed, The People’s Temperature Is As Hot As The Heat Wave
There is a heat wave in America, making for a hot 4th of July weekend, tho in some places the temperature of the people is as warm as the weather.
Beaches, bars, parks and restaurants are closed or severely restricted – particularly in Florida, Texas and L.A. – and that has locals sweating with anger over the fact they can’t get out and play and party.
In the Los Angeles Beach Cities of Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo beaches, locals are organizing a beach protest. They won’t exactly storm the sand and certainly won’t use it as an excuse for looting or establishing any kind of “zone,” but they will make their displeasure known that they do not like the fact the beaches, beach access and even the running/bike path has been closed for the entire weekend.
Bars – designated as establishments that derive more than 50% of their income from alcohol – are closed throughout Florida and Texas, as well as in Southern California’s LA County. Restaurants in Florida and Texas are open and can serve alcohol while in Los Angeles, they can offer only outdoor service.
In San Diego, dine-in restaurants are still open but must stop service by 10 p.m., and tables up is at 11. (This is course, will simply result in people starting their drinking earlier in the day.) The European-style outdoor dining in the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy remains in place.
But not all the news is is negative news. In St. Pete, Fla., Jimmy Buffett took over the city’s Twitter account to promote the opening of that beach city’s new pier. And Iowa just passed a law making getting to-go drinks permanently legal.
In the Midwest, high temperatures in the 90s could crate what meteorologists call a “ring of fire,” which is powerful thunderstorms circulating the edges of a heat dome. Here’s a look at some of the 4th of July weekend temperatures across the USA:
• Boston, 80
• Chicago, 90
• Dallas, 95
• Denver 88
• Kansas City 89
• Los Angeles, 84
• Minneapolis, 91
• Nashville, 92
• New York, 90
• San Antonio, 101
Thunderstorms are along the gulf coast in the South rolling up through the nation’s midsection.
Oh, and giant jellyfish the size of dinner plates are being seen on northeast beaches from Maine to Massachusetts. They are four feet in diameter with tentacles more tan 100 feet long. If you’re on one of those beaches and see a purple flag stating the “presence of dangerous marine animals,” then it’s probably best not to go into the water.