Two Sites in Continental United States Achieve Second Blue Flag Beach Award

Honor recognizes sustainable development through environmental education

Wilmington, North Carolina (April 26, 2024) – Two beaches in the continental U.S. are now two-time recipients of the international Blue Flag award, Blue Flag USA announced today. Westward Beach in Malibu and Delray Beach Municipal Beach in Delray Beach, Florida, received the recognition for the 2024 season from the Blue Flag International Jury this month.


Westward Beach, which spans from Zuma Lagoon to Birdview Avenue, in Malibu, will fly the Blue Flag from May 1 through September 30, 2024, while the stretch of Delray Beach Municipal Beach between Casuarina Road and Laing Street will see the Blue Flag from May 1, 2024, through April 30, 2025.


The 30 plus-year-old International Blue Flag program recognizes beaches, marinas, and tourism boat operators annually based on a significant but attainable set of operations criteria covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, and safety and services. The International Jury awarded over 5,000 sites for the first time in 2022.


Our awarded sites exceeded national standards with the first flags in the 50 U.S. states last year,” and said Annie Mercer, program coordinator for the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA). “We look forward to seeing how they continue to grow in their second award season.”


As a National Operator for the international Blue Flag program, ASBPA administers the program in the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii, as well as supports sites in reaching criteria compliance. 


Flag raising ceremonies and environmental education events will be coordinated by local sites in support of raising environmental awareness and active participation in sustainable beach management. 


Sites in the Blue Flag USA program participate in four stages of engagement between the host location and the USA program: Interest, Candidate, Applicant, and Award. Learn more at



American Shore & Beach Preservation Association – ASBPA Advocating for Healthy Coastlines – is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing our coasts by merging science and public policy. Follow us @asbpassoc@AmericanBeaches@ASBPA.


Blue Flag USA – The Blue Flag eco-award is one of five environmental education programs offered by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The award is offered to beaches, marinas, and tourism boats meeting over 30 criteria for water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and services, sustainable tourism, and social responsibility. The Blue Flag USA program is responsible for sites in the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii.