But it is the eternal return of old concerns that really concerns. Barrier beaches were made to move: Follow the littoral drift and also move toward mainlands.
David Sammis used to sit and hold court at his old Surf Hotel. "If you were here 100 years ago, you would be in water," he used to say. And he would point out to guests that at that time "Fire Island is not an island."
Within memory since European settlement, Fire Island has been a peninsula; has been multiple islands, and has had at various times five or more inlets or "guts" (Dutch for "cuts" on the old maps).
|Aerial view of the breach at Old Inlet, 1½ miles west of the Wilderness Visitor Center, as seen from the Atlantic Ocean to the bay on November 2, 2012. |
Thanx to Justin
Sand carried west from Saltaire will someday end up on Breezy Point. (Ever notice how wide the beach at Breezy is?)
And the island also wants to move toward the mainland, as barrier beaches do. In Sandy, nature was plowing sand north from the old beach and dunes to strengthen the island by building up new dunes farther north. Been going on for thousands of years. Moving it back to where the old beach used to be http://www.saltaire.org/stormpics.htm is fighting nature.
Damage on Fire Island Renews Old Worries
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