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: Big changes afoot

01-12-2010, 10:15 AM

Bayside hit hard, outer beaches... I love when mother nature shuffles the deck!

Dble Haul
01-12-2010, 01:13 PM
That looks like the true definition of houseboat.

01-13-2010, 12:34 AM
It's really sad to see destruction like this. I hope the cottages can be relocated or rebuilt. So many happy times must have occured in them. Places like these have souls.

-- Eric

01-13-2010, 01:45 PM
2 years ago, I caught a bunch of stripers on the flats right in front of these cottages. Pretty soon there will be no North Beach. PLEASE don't let the sand end up in the Monomoy area....

01-13-2010, 03:17 PM
Yes Eric, I agree. Can't say I love to see that.

01-13-2010, 03:29 PM
To be clear, the article and the photo are expressed by it's author with sentiment and sympathy to those people who are vulnerable and hurt by nature's untamed will.

In contrast, my comment reflects the exuberance of a shore angler who is assured of mind-boggling changes with each passing year on the cape. It was meant to be an observation made in parallel to (not aligned with) the losses of people's structures and livelihoods, specifically the plasticity of the shore at the elbow.

Regardless, I view "nature's untamed will" as just that, a force that man can not reckon with for long; a force that is beyond family legacies, societies and even earth itself as it is entangled with the cosmos.

Despite my own sympathies to the cottages and their storied walls, the reality is that any fool who would build in her way will eventually learn the hard way that we are only borrowing plots.


01-13-2010, 07:08 PM
Yes...My comment should have included, to be clear, as you point out, anyone would have to be a fool to expect that their structure , at that location, would last forever....High risk and high reward...anyway.... I am still 3/10th"s of a mile from Ridgevale on a CAC is safe for a couple more generations...I figure. The owners of those cottages never invited me for cocktails off the deck:wink:

01-14-2010, 07:20 AM
And what will this winter bring? I'll continue to pray for a new breach somewhere along South Beach ....

01-16-2010, 07:16 AM
Stopped by to look at Paines Creek a couple of days ago and found the parking area closed. Several pieces of construction equipment were there but there was no one working.

A story in yesterdays Cape Codder indicated that the parking area had sustained heavy damage which reduced the area from 14 spaces to about 6. The asphalt pieces are now in the creek. The article also indicated that AmeriCorps workers will be filling 1,500 sand bags this Sunday at Paines Creek and that volunteers will be welcome.

The story also said that there is a 10 foot cliff to the beach at Breakwater and the parking lot has been frayed. Ellis beach is also in bad shape. The town plans to make temporary fixes to these areas but indicated that funds for long term fixes were not available.

Hopefully the repairs will be done by the time the stripers arrive.


01-16-2010, 10:36 AM
No matter what nature thows out it still came as somewhat a surprise to me that there was so much damage at Paines and Breakwater..... I know high tide really fills those long distance flats.... but I always thought that the flats would breakdown or lessen wind push on high during a storm.... anyway... it is a rare occurance on the bayside for this type of damage since I can not remember anything so extensive in 20 years, save a micro burst in that did sever damage to land and homes along Breakwater beach Road about 3 years ago...looked like a tornado hit when I drove though then but the parking lot and beach were untouched and it was not tide prompted .