July 9th AM HT @ Gilgo

Hight Tide at Babylon Town Gilgo Beach on July 9th.

Walked the beach on the incoming am tide which was 8:10am.
Ocean calm with light off shore wind and a little 2′ wave.

Edge of the Coast Guard Station looking west.

Looks like a little more sand came back, but can still see the high tide erosion on many of the dunes between the public Gilgo Beach and Hemlock Cove, about a 3 mile stretch.

East end of Gilgo Beach looking west, only place to sit is at the bottom of the dunes

Fence on the west side of Coast Guard 7/9

Lost a couple more posts on the west side dune of Coast Guard.

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

East side of Gilgo Town Beach looking west, not may places to sit.

Beach Update 6/26 – Looks can be Deceiving

Walked today at low tide, looks like some sand came back, but not enough to add to the high tide beach, but look better than the 6/17 low tide pictures. Better later than never, think this is the first plus sign of sand to occur this year.

Even with the positive development, more erosion to the base and depth of the sand dunes has occurred since the last report on 6/19.

Couple more of the remaining fence posts toppled over the weekend, just west of Coast Guard

Coast Guard Station substructure on June 26th, 2017, notice the loss of sand under the old foundation

Beach sand returning looking east towards Hemlock Cove from Coast Guard at Gilgo State Park

Looks can be deceiving, wishing it was beach back, look at the high water debris line, still getting to the dune base in many locations.

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

 

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 wind was on shore at less than 15 mph with the ocean a little bumpy, maybe a little 2′-3′ wave rolling in. Just image what a storm surge would do…

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, 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.