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.
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.