As I promised in the other Pensacola Beach Oil spill post, I am adding these pictures from the oil Chris and I found on the beaches.
I grew up here. My dad had 3 houses here and the only reason he finally moved was because he got sick of the hurricanes claiming them. He now lives in the mainland instead of the island, but is still local. My mother in law works on the beach doing rentals. You can imagine how that is impacted.
This is my home so I take none of it lightly.
Casino Beach itself seems pretty clear of any issues we saw for swimming or hanging out, so dont let these pictures discourage you from going to the beach for the day. The Quietwater Bay (at the time of these shots) was also clear for swimming.
While you are there support local business and buy a sandwich or something. 🙂
I took these pictures down on the 1100 block of Ariola Street in front of all the residential. As you can see the oil looks like little specs of dirt up and down the beach, much of it caught up in the seaweed. In fact when we were walking down the beach, it blended in more than the macro lens on my camera makes it seem. It was Chris that realized that the little black specs everywhere was the oil and we started looking further.
There were some larger clumps that are more sticky and some solid pieces as well. Its true that you must keep the beach free of trash because we did find a wrapper of some sort that was carrying a lot of oil. If you are out there and see trash, please pick it up.
This cleanup has to start with us being clean.
Keep the prayers alive for the Gulf Coast.
Other articles you may be interested in:
- UPDATED PHOTOS: JUNE 24th!
- Pensacola Beach Oil Update and Pictures, June 21st
- QuietWater Beach Cleanup on Pensacola Beach, June 21st
- Pensacola Beach Oil Spill Pictures June 8th, 2010
- Oil Protesters Pensacola Beach June 7th, 2010
- Oil Hits Dauphin Island June 1st, 2010
- Dauphin Island Rigs May 20th
- Right out to the Oil Spill May 15th