Please Don't Add to the Drama!|The BP Oil Spill and Our Home on the MS Gulf Coast.

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have nothing to add to media reports. Just as I do not practice law as a Real Estate Broker; neither am I a trained scientist. As a citizen of the Mississippi Gulf coast and one who delights in the beaches, I humbly ask all  to please don't add to the drama.

No fishing sign Long Beach Harbor  Long Beach Harbor and BP Clean up Crew

Photo by Suzi, 228-447-4470, suziworks@gmail.com Our bird population seems to be fine

Long Beach HArbor photo by Suzi G. Focus on Water Fowl  Heron in Flight from the Pier at Long Beach Harbor MS

Please not that the sign above is very specific. Yes, it does hurt. We have regular fisher people who usually fish from these piers and jetties. I will miss seeing them. Some people fish for the sport, some fish for their meals. They will simply have to fish in a new location. The Bay St. Louis Bay area is still open for fishing at this time, of course we have lake and river fishing, too.

I travel Beach Boulevard (Hwy 90) daily, and usually walk a couple of miles on the beach at least every other day. I walk a particular stretch consistently so that I can see for myself, what changes are ocurring.

4th of July for instance, there were many people enjoying the beach via sunbathing, wading, windsurfing. At this time the water is obviously not dangerous or all activities would be closed. Yes, we do have tar balls, or tar patties. Personally, I don't know what to make of it.

Citizen's have been warned not to pick up the tar patty's, but already some citizens have started doing so. Why? We see the attention, or lack of attention being paid to the beaches. The citizen's I have seen picking up do it with gloves and or a small shovel.

Some complain that they smell it and their throat and eyes burn. All I can say is humans have different levels of tolerance. I have yet to smell it. That could be because I grew up in Borger, TX with the Phillips refinery nearby. Perhaps I developed a high tolerance.

Now, for the happy report. Not long ago I had a day at the beach that scared me. The water fowl had virtually vanished enmass. I felt like crying, I felt lonesome, and I felt like going home and packing to evacuate. I am happy to report the bird life seems back to normal. Even the Pelicans have returned to their posts.

(The fisherman at that time explained that the birds had left because the fish population was down. Now, with no one fishing in this particular area, it must be a feast for the birds; although I imagine they miss their humans feeding them.)

Do you want to help? Try to deflate rumors. Don't add to the drama. Forget about the warnings, visit with gloves or a child's sand shovel and pick up a few pattie's. I guarantee you, BP will have missed a few.

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*PS: Litter is still a problem and contributes to this newest environmental influence. Please plan to pick up wherever you are! ...It's easy just carry some grocery bags with you. They will fit in a fanny pack, back pack, your pocket. Just do it.

 

 

 

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I'm not going tto add to our drama, but I will be adding a lot to BP's drama. I am off once again to diligently scour our beach in BaySaintlouis for tarballs. This time I plan on mailing everyone of them COD to BP's home office. It's their trash and they can have it back!

Jul 06, 2010 01:04 PM #1
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Charles, I just wrote you a long response than deleted it by accident. When that happens I figure I have said too much. I am not sure the Post office will accept it; if they do let me know.

I appreciate your attitude. I will join your efforts. I generally patrol from Long Beach Harbor West of the jetty to the Beau Chenes condos. That is about a mile and a quarter. I have been just picking up litter; it wasn't until the 3rd-4th that we actually saw the BP patties along our beach.

Still, on the 4th the beach was very active. There was one person who like you was picking up patties, I did not that day because it was an impromptu walk. Our "leaders" got the word out that unless you were trained you should not pick up the BP Patties. I say, if the paid workers are missing them, we sure as heck better pick them up.

We pay firemen to come and put out house fires. Seldom do we wait for their arrival to take measures towards mitigation. If we had waited, we likely would not have a house. The firemen had the wrong address and passed us up.

I hope you will consider joining me at http://pals-pick-up.com. I do not write about the BP Spill because I do not think I know enough.  But, I would appreciate you joining me and writing about the spill or any other litter topic.

By the way, if people could curtail their littering for awhile, it would help others pay more attention to the BP Pattie's. We can wish...

 

 

Jul 06, 2010 06:51 PM #2
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Suzi, It is always good to see your posts. Even if in this case it is about a terrible incident. I hope all works out for you and this whole thing clears up soon. It is good tyo know you still have the tourists coming and life has some normalcy about it. It is just a really bad thing that I have a hard time putting into words

 

Jul 07, 2010 02:02 AM #3
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Charlie, your support always brightens my day no matter what we are dealing with. Locals need to keep in mind how diverse Mississippi is, and that even along the Gulf Coast--we are more than the beach and fishing industry.

Jul 08, 2010 09:37 AM #4
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Suzi, that one comment about not picking up the patties unless you are trained has always been like a slap in the face to me.  Exactly how much training do you need to pick up a lump of tar???  I think common sense would dictate that you use gloves or almost anything other than bare hands. 

So, okay we'll just leave it lie there for someone to step on...for it to become a part of the scenery.  Some times I think the general public are treated like idiots because idiots are in charge.

Aug 08, 2010 04:34 PM #5
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Nick, I agree with you. So, I have basically stayed out of the way, except I still take trash bags with me when I walk the piers and jetties.

Our beaches now remind me of someone just stepping out of the house for the day. Freshly groomed, Everything looking better than before except for the occasional straggler tarbells, or patties.

Yes, oil contamination or not -- I always use an extra Walmart bag to pick up litter.

 

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