Posted: 3:19 pm Sunday, September 4th, 2016

A Tale Of Two Beaches 

By Ann Kelly

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Footprints from a Dad, his son, and a curious gullIn the days following a natural disaster like Hurricane Hermine, we all wanted to get back to normal as quickly as possible. For our friends in Pasco County that’s going to take some time thanks to the flooding, evacuations, damage to homes, and the frustration felt by people who have been through this before. We can’t thank those enough who stepped forward to help their neighbors and the first responders who may have left their own families behind to assist others.

For me, after being a part of making sure you knew what was going on every day, and being away from my own home for a few days I also wanted to disconnect for a while and clear my mind. I find a walk on the beach a wonderful way to do that, and this is the tale of two beaches.

Mote Marine Sea Turtle Patrol

Mote Marine Sea Turtle Patrol

Saturday morning it was Venice Beach, a first for me. Lovely little place which has been well known for finding shark teeth. None on this trip. But what I did find were seasonal employees from Mote Marine who were scouring the beach to check for damage to sea turtle nests and rescue those precious eggs if the nest was damaged. They were busy. I passed one nest that must have had an additional two feet of sand piled on thanks to Hermine, some that looked like a total loss and some further away that looked like they escaped the worst of the weather. Please continue to keep in mind to leave those nests alone and if you see one that might need attention to contact Mote Marine if you’re down that way. It is a crime to disturb or damage those nests.

Offshore metal detecting on Clearwater Beach

Offshore metal detecting on Clearwater Beach

Sunday morning, it was Clearwater Beach to see how things were there, and from the look of the guys setting up the cabanas and beach chairs it looked like they were expecting a busy day. The beach equivalent of a Zamboni was clearing the beach of debris and there were already quite a few people down for walk or out on Pier 60 for a day of fishing. But there many reminders of what the last few days have been like for what Dr. Beach has called one of the Best Beaches In America.

Ponding water, palm fronds to clean up and plenty of sand far from the beach. But the sun was shining among the clouds, and it was starting to look like another day at the beach.

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

But at the height of hurricane season it can be anything like that quickly. So as the cleanup continues remember the price we can sometime pay for paradise. Make those plans, and never take unnecessary chances. We love where we live, and we want to keep it that way.

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