Friday, April 17, 2009

Seaway Beach

On Seaway Beach this week, I ran into neighbor and her friends this week who were down for a brief visit.

She told me that she loves my blog but that you really can't see the extent of the beach erosion from the photographs I've been posting.

So my mission today was to try and capture the damage more fully on film, (to the chagrin of the dogs who just wanted to run.)

The following photos show how much of the dunes have been sucked out from behind the dune fencing, and how precarious the remaining fencing is. You can also see how the end of the walkway was damaged this week - it was fine over Easter weekend, but someone must have stepped hard on the very end either Monday or Tuesday, because it was snapped by Tuesday evening. If you plan to visit the beach, please be careful stepping on and off the walkway, for your own safety.

On the bright side, the weather has been much sunnier this week, if not a lot warmer yet (it's still barely in the 50s around here.) The grass is greening and the flowers are starting to bloom. Spring is here! Hope to see you in the neighborhood soon!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Spring and Snow Fences

Happy Spring! Happy Passover! Happy Easter!

The weather is warming, slowly but surely, and the sun is shining brightly today. It's 50 degrees in my yard, and the hyacinths are trying to bloom, but down by the beach the wind is off the cold ocean water and brisk when it blows.

I've added a few pictures to chronicle the damage to some of the dune fences, and the restoration that a few of the neighbors have accomplished in front of their yards.

According to the town's conservation commissioner, the fences on the Sea Way beach will come down this spring, to "allow the dunes to replenish the beach." I'm not sure if this will work or not, but it's worth a try. Those fences are in disrepair at the moment, but will be taken out (hopefully) prior to Memorial Day. Guess I need to start getting bids on that bit of work. Have a great day, and a great Spring holiday!
There was more damage to snow fences, or dune fences, than usual this winter. I know I've talked about this before, but it is the most visible and dramatic change to the beaches. The erosion of sand is harder to capture in photographs, more subtle. In some cases, like over on the Seaway beaches, the fences are to be removed by Memorial Day weekend anyway, so the fact that they are already ripped to pieces doesn't matter as much...
New snow fences, or dune fences, went up in front of several of the Strandway properties, repairing the ones torn out by Mother Nature over the winter. There's even room for more seaweed behind them, since the ocean took much of what was there from last year.
Remember how the now fencing at the west end of the Strandway beach used to be back from the sand, surrounded by the tall dune grass? Not anymore.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Go Sox (again!) !!

Let's try that again.

Go Sox! Home Opener! Hopefully!

Monday, April 6, 2009