We headed to the island Sunday, hoping to get in a few hours of beach time before the predicted storm arrived.
Even though it's been several weeks since Tropical Storm Debby blew through our area, I still haven't adjusted to the damage done to the beaches. The water is once again a clear turquoise color but large portions of the beach are still missing. There has been talk of replacing the sand but nothing has been done yet. Pssst.... now's not a good time to spend your hard earned money on an Anna Maria Island vacation.
I can't imagine the tourists reactions when they arrive for their long awaited vacation only to find the powder white beaches are now a layer of coarse sand and crushed shells. Walking barefoot on the beach is now like walking on broken glass. I heard a lot of "Ow ow ow! Ouch!" As people walked the beach.
I didn't do much walking before I had to sit down and give my tender feet a break. I'm going to have to get a pair of plastic flip flops to wear when we walk the beach. My baby soft feet aren't up to walking on this crap.
In fact we didn't see many people walking like we usually do. Most were in the water or sitting with books.
That storm we raced to the beach finally caught up with us. Dark heavy clouds began to roll in so we loaded up and headed home.
And we just made it to the lanai when the sky opened up and the rain started.
Instead of spending the late afternoon on the beach, I worked in my studio room watching the wind make the palm tree dance and the rain run down the windows. Not a bad way to end the day, not bad at all...