A Miami-Dade Ocean Rescue lifeguard placed a beach closed red flag at North Crandon Beach in Key Biscayne on Aug. 30, 2018.  The beach was one of many closed for periods of time in the summer due to swimming advisories over bacteria in the waters.
A Miami-Dade Ocean Rescue lifeguard placed a beach closed red flag at North Crandon Beach in Key Biscayne on Aug. 30, 2018. The beach was one of many closed for periods of time in the summer due to swimming advisories over bacteria in the waters. C.M. GUERRERO Miami Herald File
A Miami-Dade Ocean Rescue lifeguard placed a beach closed red flag at North Crandon Beach in Key Biscayne on Aug. 30, 2018. The beach was one of many closed for periods of time in the summer due to swimming advisories over bacteria in the waters. C.M. GUERRERO Miami Herald File

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.