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â€Å"Dr. Beach” – Mr Stephen Leatherman, the beach scientist who releases an annual list of top U.S. beaches every May – today released his 2008 roster, which includes two beaches in the Carolinas.

Leatherman, director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research., ranks Hatteras Island, in the Outer Banks, as No. 8 , and Beachwalker Park, at Kiawah Island, S.C., as No. 10.

Top honors this year went to the strand at Caladesi State Park, near Clearwater, Fla. The No. 1 beach in 2007 was Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, on the Outer Banks. Caladesi Island State Park was ranked No. 2.

This is the 18th year Leatherman, a Charlotte native, has compiled his list. It is based in 50 criteria, including water and sand quality, facilities and environmental management.

The full 2008 list:

1. Caladesi Island State Park, Fla.

2. Hanalei Beach, Hawaii

3. Siesta Beach , Fla.

4. Coopers Beach, N.Y.

5. Coronado Beach, Calif.

6. Main Beach, N.Y.

7. Hamoa Beach, Hawaii

8. Cape Hatteras

9. Cape Florida State Park, Fla.

10. Beachwalker Park, S.C.

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