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Gustav Is a Big Boy

Published on September 1, 2008 by Sherri Dodsworth under Beach Renourishment, Cape San Blas, FEMA, Forgotten Coast, Indian Pass, Insurance, Port St. Joe

I have to admit being several hundred miles from New Orleans we weren’t expecting all that much action from Gustav, but the wind has been blowing hard and steady since late Friday afternoon and waves continue to pound away at our beaches even at mid-day on Labor Day.

Washout At Stumphole from Gustav Labor Day Monday, 2008

The combination of high tide, and bit of storm surge, and wind just blasting out of south-east washed away enough rocks at Stumphole that the Sheriff closed it this morning around 10 a.m. At that point they were letting people leave, but only property owners were being allowed back in. I’m hearing now that it is closed period while they work on repairs. I’ll let you know when I hear it has reopened. (I apologize for the poor quality of these photos but my camera is at the office which of course I can’t get to this afternoon, so I had to shoot these using my cell phone).

The good news is that beach renourishment did its job and saved homes. Although the surf has eaten away at the beach the water is no where near homes where renourishment has been completed. I stopped by Cape Palms Park to see how the folks at Cape Shoals fared and was thrilled to see the beach in such good shape.

Cape Shoals After Gustav

Before renourishment, there would have been waves washing up under the pilings of these homes from a storm like this so this is just wonderful to see. Here’s a shot looking southward from the same vantage point.

Beach Renourishment Did Its Job During Gustav

Unfortunately, the renourishment program hasn’t yet reached the folks on the southern end of the Cape down approaching Stumphole and they have once again taken a serious beating. I stopped by the Sunrise Sunset townhouses to take these shots.

Gustav Erodes the Beach at Sunrise Sunset

Gustav Arrived Before Renourishment Could Reach These Homes

Over on the bay side the surf has been extremely rough and high all weekend long, at times with rolling waves breaking on shore. One of the docks at Ovation was half way under water at one point this morning.

Breaking Waves on St. Joe Bay from Gustav

The tide has barely receded at all and the next high tide is due around 4. We are still getting bands of strong wind but oddly have had virtually no rain from this system. My rain guage down at the end of our dock was bone dry this morning.

We’re glad to have been spared from heavier damage, and our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors to the west of us and hope that Gustav spares them from serious damage.

2 Comments on 'Gustav Is a Big Boy':

sdodsworth on 09/04/08:

Thanks for the feedback, Pam!

Pam Reedy on 09/03/08:

Hi, Just want to thank you, Sherri, for keeping us Tennesseans informed and up to date on the Cape and Gustav. We are not property owners, but love to visit the Cape and hope to be owners one day. When watching the news and weather channel, they report only on the larger cities and impact site (which is absolutely understandable) but we want to see what's happening to our beloved Cape San Blas! You did exactly that! We are so relived that the area fared through as well as possible and hope the others to the west recover quickly! Thanks again so much, Pam Reedy

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