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.
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.
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.
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.
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.