3 p.m. Update from Gulf County Emergency Management:
Gulf County remains under a High Surf Advisory and a Coastal Flood Advisory. These conditions will continue to lead to hazardous rip currents as well as dangerously high surf along Gulf County’s beaches. These conditions will be life threatening to anyone entering the watering including experienced surfers.
Indian Pass Road (CR 30B) remains closed at this time and the Cape San Blas Road (SR 30E) has been opened to emergency vehicles and local traffic only. If conditions continue to improve, school buses will be operating tomorrow in the Indian Pass and Cape San Blas areas. Coastal residents and visitors are encouraged to continue to monitor coastal conditions throughout the day.
For additional information contact Gulf County Emergency Management at 229-9110.
Thanks to radical environmentalist bureaucrats in Tallahassee, Cape residents are cut off from the mainland this morning as waves crash over the wall at Stumphole which was badly damaged by Gustav. Despite the hard work of our Sheriff’s department who did the best they could moving rocks from the north end over to the low areas towards the middle of the wall, by 4 a.m. this morning they had no choice but to close it to traffic.
The beach renourishment continues to work as advertised and although we’ve lost a lot of beach, the homes I saw in the areas where renourishment has been completed were safe and sound. You can see in this photo taken in my neighborhood, Cape Breezes, how the gentle slope of the new beach prevented the waves from cutting into the base of the primary dune line.
Over on the bay side, I just thought I saw a high tide during Gustav. In the fourteen years I’ve lived here, I’ve never seen anything like this.
This was taken from the porch of one of the cottages behind Scallop Cove; normally this is a vast expanse of green lawn. The water actually came up underneath several of the cottages.
I’ll be in touch with county officials today monitoring the situation and will let you know as soon as I hear they are letting traffic back through. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to either shoot me an email to [email protected] or call me on my cell, 850-227-5197.