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, Rebar from the old Coast Guard smashed and exposed. Look at the dunes in the background with their walls caving in from high tide wave action.

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.

Click here for a Video of the Coast Guard Station on 7/6/17

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 Rebuild Project has vanished.

In fact, there are many points on the beach between  Gilgo Beach Babylon Town Park and Cedar Beach where there is less sand on the beach than before Sandy devastated the area.

I took all of these pictures at Low Tide with a calm ocean and onshore wind on June 17th, 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 today.
South Shore Barrier Beaches need Sand

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.