Saturday, July 16, 2005

Ft. Pickens Update

Here is some information from a July 15, 2005 posting on the Pensacola News Journal's community forum about Ft. Pickens, part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Information is from "gumbolady", a member of the Pensacola News Journal (PNJ) community forum.

"Gumbolady" , a PNJ Forum Senior Member, met with an unnamed person from Ft. Pickens and posted the information that was gathered on the PNJ Community Forum (Pensacola Beach Hurricane Dennis section). Below is some information from the July 15, 2005 posting.

To paraphrase "gumbolady":
  • Ft. Pickens will probably be closed for another year.
  • The road beyond the entrance to Ft. Pickens has been breached in several places by water and the Sound is approximately 30 feet from the road in places.
  • The Sound side of the area is unsafe because of debris and "waste" floating in water.
  • Beaches at Ft. Pickens have lots of debris, including glass and other objects in the sand.
"Gumbolady" suggest it is not a good idea to fish, cast a net or take any crabs from the Sound.

Thanks to "gumbolady" for posting some information on Ft. Pickens.

I'm providing a link to some NOAA satellite images (includes Ft. Pickens area) that were taken along Alabama and Florida after Hurricane Dennis made landfall. These are high resolution images recommended for broadband users use. The images are courtesy of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

NOTE: The map to access the images will work with Internet Explorer. Other browsers are not guaranteed to work.

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