Not Good – High Tide Dune Lapping at Gilgo Beach

Babylon Barrier Beach erosion is reaching a critical point. Started walking and documenting the condition of the south shore beach in the Gilgo Beach area on June 18th.

This post documents the same walk as low tide on June 18th. These photo’s taken during the afternoon high tide on June 20th, 2017, just 2 days later!

The route is as follows; crossed over the parkway at the east end of Cottage Walk, then walked east to the Coast Guard Station, then turned around and headed back west back to main Gilgo Beach entrance.

Could not get to the Coast Guard station today as too much water.  I watched the ocean eating out the dunes in more than one spot, the situation is precarious.

The South Shore Barrier Beaches need sand, call your Congressman today.

A Look Back – Coast Guard Station Post Sandy

Found pictures of the Gilgo Beach area and the Coast Guard Station after Hurricane Sandy passed. That is the Garbage Cove, Great South Bay in the background of slide 3, dunes gone, Ocean Parkway buckled.

There looks to be more or the same amount of beach after Sandy than there is at the beach now! Call your Congressman, tell him we need Sand.

Below are photos of the Coast Guard Station today!

Here is a photo of bulkhead after Sandy and below it, at the present time.

Coast Guard Bulkhead after Hurricane Sandy

Coast Guard Bulkhead at present. Picture taken June 18th, 2017

Poison Ivy Explosion on the Barrier Beaches

With the warm winter we just had, besides the tick alert, be very mindful of where you are walking on all of the Fire Island Beaches. Poison Ivy is popping up everywhere.

Here is a link to more information about poison ivy

Mature summer leaves with new growth out front.

All of the plant will give you a rash, not just the leaves, the Bark is loaded with the same plant oil called urushiol that coats the leaves. It is extremely stable and will stay active for many years in the right conditions.

Remember that when you take off your gloves, cloths, etc.

If you think you have come in contact with Poison Ivy, you have 20 to 30 minutes to get the oil off your skin to avoid the evil rash.

Best to use cold water, lots of it and then some soap. Or jump in the ocean or bay asap. Do not use warm /hot water as it opens the skin’s pores and provides a path for the oil to get inside of you.

Keep an eye out for this plant!

 

Coast Guard Station Exposed Now in 2017

The old Coast Guard station located on the east side of Gilgo Beach Town Park and the entrance to Gilgo State Park is exposed more than it has been in the 20 years I have been coming here. Here is a link to more information about the Gilgo Coast Guard Station.

In the photo below, see the double bulkhead, a new one had been placed in front of the original, a lot of years passed for this picture to be taken.

Check out the original bulkhead that has popped out of the sand.

W of CG, the fence is caving here, it is gone on many of the dunes

Ocean water edge, Coast Guard Rebar smashed and exposed.

This area has suffered much more erosion that before the Super Storm Sandy event. This is a dangerous sign of how weak our beaches are to stand up to a hurricane this fall.

Please Contact your government officials, here is the current list,

Urge them to fund a Beach Replenishment Project this Fall.

Alert, Alert! Vanishing Beaches 2017

gilgo sand erosion

Our beaches are in tough shape, most of the sand placed from the Sandy Dune Project has vanished. In fact, there is less beach than before Sandy hit the area.

I took all of these pictures at Low Tide with a calm ocean and onshore wind on June 18th, 2017.

At High Tide, the ocean is eating away at the base of the dunes for a good portion of the beach from Gilgo Beach to Hemlock Cove.

Please Contact your government officials, here is the current list, urge them to fund a beach replenishment project this fall.

Not Much Sand

Photo taken from the East side of Gilgo Beach looking West

Entrance to Gilgo Beach

Entrance to Gilgo Town Park, beach for 2 truck tracks and an umbrella, used to have room for hundreds!

Beach grass on the dunes

On a positive note, the planting on the backside of the dunes have taken and hardened the dunes as planned. Sweet!

We will be updating beach conditions weekly.

Hurricane season is coming! Call Your Congressman!!

BE ON THE LOOKOUT, its TERRAPIN TIME!

BE ON THE LOOKOUT, its TERRAPIN TIME!

Turtle egg laying for next 30 days.

Look out on Ocean Parkway for Turtles Crossing the Parkway. They are in search of sand to dig an area to bury their Eggs. Watch both Ways for next 30 Days on the Parkway, the turtles attempt to get to the ocean and then go back to the bay.