Thursday, July 12, 2012

Life is a beach

The good news is................

An early morning thunderstorm blew through Englewood  on Wednesday leaving behind lots of shell booty.
Pen shells are a sure sign of a storm.  The stinky odor was a sure sign the pen shells were goners.
The newly formed sand bar/tidal pool was lined with shells from ding to dong.

The bad news............

The beach erosion has reached critical mass.  Manasota Key lost an estimated 90% of it's turtle nests. Several homes have lost their back areas when the dunes washed out by the high surf.
Beach Road is the only way to access the mainland from the north & south.  To close the road for repairs would be a major headache for home owners, summer tourists, & local beach goers. Love the rain - love the shells - erosion, not so much.

The good news is.........

The federal government approved disaster relief funding for Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties on Monday, which will help officials cope with at least $17 million in damages wreaked by Tropical Storm Debby.


  1. Do you ever find cool shells inside the pen shells?

  2. Cayo lost 90 percent of the turtle nests too. But there has been many nests since. I feel like we are in a 20 year cycle. At least that is what nature is telling me. Nature has a way of speaking.

  3. I am so glad that you are getting some funding there. I miss living in FL but I don't miss the tropical storms. Blessings-xo Diana

  4. Wow, lots of good news, bad news. Thankfully some funding will flow.

  5. Erosion is just one of those natural happenings with which we have to deal. The beach washes away...the beaches are built back up for millions of dollars...only to have them wash away again in a few more years. Remember all the erosion caused by our stream of storms a few years ago??? I think Capt. Brian is of the 20 year cycles. At least there are some good shells to be found!

  6. Wow That is a huge chunk of beach gone. Especially where it wiped out those people's deck. I hate hearing about all the turtle nests being washed away. But the water sure is beautiful in your photo.


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