I finally checked out the storm damage to Town Neck Beach. I know these pictures probably don't look that bad to people who didn't grow up here, but please be assured that this erosion is extreme and devastating.
There used to be dunes and beach grass between that house and the beach. That, incidentally, is the Dune 1 area, where I sometimes join my friends in the summer.
Silly little doggie ran up to me to say Hi.
I couldn't find an old pic that I shot of this area, so the below photo is a web image I got off google. This is still eroded, but this is what the beach looked like a couple of years ago. I didn't not take this.
And this is the photo that I shot of the same place. Dunes gone. Grass gone. Soft sand layer gone.
It was a nice day to walk for a bit though, and listen to the waves.
Stairs also gone.
Just one, huge, wide swath of sand and clay with an unobstructed view all the way across Old Harbor to Spring Hill.
That one clay bank is all that stands between the Bay and the marshes.
Dogs must love me. This cutie also came over to say hi. I heard his owner call him by name: Finnegan.
Then I left this part of the beach and drove over to the other side. Loved this cupola and weathervane.
Coolest mailbox ever.
This is Horizons, a seasonal restaurant that's been around for years and years. Back in the 80s, they'd serve drinks without carding anyone, so it was always fun to have a cocktail with lunch when we took a break from swimming.
Lots and lots and LOTS of rocks washed up on this side of the beach.
That's the Canal entrance and Scusset Beach breakwater.
I'm not really sure what the solution is for the beach damage. They keep replacing the sand and it gets washed away in every storm; a ton of it has ended up over at Scusset Beach. THIS is a very good article in the Boston Globe, written last month, with an explanation on how the Canal is contributing to the problem and an illustration of where the sand is going. Sandwich really needs to stop dinking around with studies and meetings and actually do something about it, because it's not going away and only going to get worse.