Monday, June 28, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Beach Closed, Oil Mats, the Food Chain
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
More Oil on the Beach
Friday, June 18, 2010
Tree on the Beach
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday it was HOT! About 95 degrees HOT. The pool was 94 degrees not so cool. While sitting under the umbrella, trying to avoid dehydration, this bougainvillea that was basking in the bright sunshine kept calling out - "take my picture!" So I did.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Oil in the Pass and ICW 6/10/10
"The Boom Stops Here!"
Today, Thursday, 10 June, there's oil in Pensacola Pass. This section of boom is tied off to the range marker across from the pass and protects the beach eastward toward Barrancas beach. Unfortunately, there isn't any more boom in place between this point and Sherman Cove to the west. The shoreline is unprotected!
This is one of the NASP's oil skimmers. The skimmer and another boat were encircling some oil on the surface with the boom. What you can't see is a Channel 3 film crew taking some video that will probably make the 10 O'clock news.
This photo gives you a idea of the relative size of the "tar balls" that came in on the incoming tide.
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Oil Spill Preparations at NAS Pensacola - 6/5/10
With the wind now coming out of the southwest and reports of tar balls on Pensacola Beach I spent the morning checking out what was being done to protect the shoreline aboard NAS Pensacola. I started out at Trout Point on the west end of the base and made my eastward toward the Bayou Grande Marina where I have my boat. You can see in the photo that there's a boom in place here. BUT!
The booms made it around the point and a couple of hundred yards toward the east but well short of Sherman Cove. There is still a lot of unprotected shoreline left to be taken care of on this end of the base.
Sherman Cove Marina, the power boat marina, was closed to all but work crews on Friday. Right now, they have a setup a channel with booms blocking off the east and western ends of the cove.
I walked the beach and saw no evidence of any oil anywhere. There were several families spread out all along the beach. But the beach wasn't crowded.
With the boom boat crews working in the background, some folks were taking advantage of the great weather, enjoying the beach and the water while it's still clean and open.