07/22/13 - 9:27pm
A few years ago, during a 25-foot tide, a dipnet fisherman was found passed out, wet and hypothermic in his waterlogged tent on the beach near the mouth of the Kenai River.
With big tides again on the way and sure to push high up on the beach, the city of Kenai decided to close the north and south beaches to camping and parking. Both beaches are expected to be completely under water for some portion of the tide cycle.
“We’ve had these issues before, but have not been as proactive,” Kenai City Manager Rick Koch said.