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JI and SSI post-Irma

JimSSI - 9-24-2017 at 04:20 AM

SSI is improved, the dunes leveled, hard-pack (for now) from water to grass. About two feet higher sand level - the blue walkway mat is buried two feet. Gould's Inlet has some extra tidal pools and run off on the river side - makes the West->East runs, uh, interesting. JI is pretty clean, some additional tide pools (for now), beach access points largely destroyed - so that's thinning the crowds nicely, especially from South Water Tower to Kite Beach, beach slightly wider (migration?). Lots of marsh grass, some additional timber. The north run, from Kite to Driftwood Beach is largely unchanged - two things: additional tidal pools and runoff channels (for now) - you will get wet. Second, the erosion up at Driftwood is noticeable - trees have moved, beach has narrowed significantly, again, migration. With JIBE still a few months away, not sure what y'all will see. I'll keep you posted.

Randy - 9-26-2017 at 11:46 AM

Hey Jim,

I fellow I know was wondering how SSI is for windsurfing these days. There used to be a sandbar about 1/4 mile out - do you know if it is still there?

JimSSI - 9-26-2017 at 08:11 PM

Didn't notice sandbars, did see several windsurfers. I'll look at the water next time :P

Randy - 9-27-2017 at 04:29 AM

Thanks. I think he will be happy to know there are other windsurfers.

soliver - 9-27-2017 at 03:54 PM

Good to hear the Golden isles are in good shape!... thanks for the update, Jim!

JimSSI - 10-2-2017 at 06:39 PM

Post-Irma drone video, SSI. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4TjlcwmUIo