Please, give the sand some time
Opponents were more confident in their prediction that the project would ultimately fail. If one were to tally comments on the Voice, the most oft-repeated prediction was that one large, or a series of many winter nor’easters would remove the project over its first winter.
The debate and the opinions were valid. What was dismaying was how the naysayers acted over the winter. The project lost what many described as “half the sand” over the winter and after Irene. It didn’t.
Bloggers took pictures of the steep escarpments and drop-offs near the shoreline, even though the project managers predicted that, like the sand loss, was exactly what would occur.
The project survived hurricane Irene and several winter storms. Of course, the naysayers said Irene was a sound-centered so it didn’t really count. And, this year’s nor’easters were not ‘that strong.’
OK. Here is a picture of the Nags Head beach not touched by the project.
And here is a picture from the South Nags Head Outer Banks Fishing Pier north toward Jennette’s Pier, where the project placed most of the sand.
We have a long way to go, so the jury is still out and won’t reach a verdict for five years. But it saddens me the naysayers seemed almost joyful when the winter sand acted as predicted, and then became silent as the sand returned over the summer.
At least for our first full year, the project seems to have done its job.
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