Labor Day, a Melancholy End to Summer

I have mixed feelings about Labor Day. As I jog in a Delaware beach resort, I feel a little sad. I had the opportunity to live with my college-age daughter for the summer. There were a few mother and daughter glitches, but I loved having her home. She packed and left for school this morning. It left me feeling empty.

 Tourists are gone, vacancy signs appear and it is quiet. This used to be my favorite time at the beach before my children became school age. I fondly remember,  when I stayed at the beach through most of the fall with my daughter (my husband came for long weekends). 

A special memory involves my mother-in- law. We lived at the beach (at separate residences) for several weeks. My daughter needed a crib. We shopped for a crib and spent an evening assembling it. We talked, laughed and worked. It was a special time. 

In a few years, my husband and I will be able to live at the beach for the fall, when my son goes  to college.  As much as I love fall at the shore, I am already sad that he will be gone. I never imagined the speed of time.

 I look forward to the fall school and sports routine. It gets me back on track after a wonderful summer.

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What Would You Remove From Hurricane Irene’s Path?

Storm path

Image via Wikipedia

What is the most valuable item in your home? As I batten down the hatches to prepare for Irene, I think about the material items that I would not want to lose in a worst-case scenario.  Obviously, I want my family, friends, neighbors and pets safe, but what about material things?

My most important items are not clothes, jewelry or electronics. They can be replaced and are meaningless. When I prepare for an impending hurricane, by evacuating,  I take my family pictures.  I would be sad, if I lost pictures of the children when they were young. These are pictures that were not backed up on my computer. Now that those pictures are out of Irene’s path, I think that I will scan them!

On the other hand, there is a terrible picture of my husband and me taken on vacation many years ago.  I wore high-waisted shorts (which were stylish in the 1980’s I might add), and I looked  like Steve Urkel with long blond hair. My husband sported large horn-rimmed glasses and resembled Poindexter.  We looked like supreme nerds in the picture. I don’t know why I did not trash it many years ago. Can you guess which picture I forgot?

Fenwick Island Beach Replenishment in August???

Dredging Equipment

Unbeknown to the residents, tourists and business owners in Fenwick Island, beach replenishment began August 1 disrupting everyone. The top realtor in Fenwick Island, John Kleinstuber said that they were not forewarned. The last that he heard, was that they were planning to start after August 15th. He would have preferred to let his customers know the situation upfront. In addition to beach closures,  the noise from the constuction equipment is ruining vacations. According to information from the Bethany/Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, the work is done on a 24/7 schedule. An August vacation in Fenwick Island could mean sleepless nights.

Slurry on Fenwick Island Beach

Many people cancelled vacations at the last minute. Can you imagine planning your beach vacation in Fenwick Island, and the beach is closed?

Initially the dredging was to begin in the second part of August. According to Senator Carper’s office, the arrival of the dredge was a surprise. They said that they would try to minimize the inconvenience to vacationers. Two to three dune crossings would be closed at a time.  The equipment noise at night would be minimized.  

Paula Retzler, with the Army Corps of Engineers, is in charge of the project. She said they were scheduled to begin the project in June, then  because of bad weather, it was pushed back to the Fourth of July.  Tourism was considered, and it was changed to August. The earliest day that they could begin was August 1st. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, the contractor, was working in New Jersey and was finished early, because they did not have weather delays.  They came to Fenwick Island next. The maximum number of contracted days with Great Lakes is 21.

The slurry  is the grey sediment or sludge that is in pools on the beach. Great Lakes was supposed to control it.  Instead, the sediment ran down the beach and people stepped in it, and children played in it. Now there are crossovers above the slurry. Paula Retzler stated that it is safe. I hope that she is right!

Please contact Ms. Paula Retzler who is in charge of the project. She works for the Army Corps of Engineers. Her phone number is 215-656-6787. The Army Corps of Engineers email is: hq-publicaffairs@usace.army.mil. Mr. Tony Pratt is with DNREC . His number is 302-739-9149. Senator Tom Carper‘s office number is 202-224-2441 or 302-573-6291. They would love your input!