Sunday, August 22, 2010
Observations of a Friend Who Visited Grand Isle Yesterday, 8/21/10
Lisa Guidroz August 22 at 9:53am Hi Karen -I live in Thibodaux, La. I spent the day in Grand Isle yesterday (8/21). I went there just to see for myself how things were coming along. I have to say, I was pretty upset at what I saw. There were dead fish on the beach and, what appeared to be, tar balls everywhere....and people were swimming, fishing, people had their dogs and children in the water playing, children were digging in the sand and building sand castles, etc......with the dead fish and tar balls right next to them Beaches 1-5 were open, but the whole beach was not open. The first beach we stopped at was closed because it was considered a "decontamination area", according the the man in his little golf cart. We saw machinery "shifting" the sand, heavy equipment running up and down the beach, "sweet" little men in their golf carts stopping by to ask what we were doing and to offer us a drink of water, and helicopters everywhere. The "decontamination area" and the "sand sifting area" were not far at all from the "open beaches". That just didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. But, then again, what do I know, right?? It's been awhile since I've been to Grand Isle, but this is not the island I remember! So, you tell me....How are things down there...really?? One more thing, Karen....there were some things missing during my visit to Grand Isle yesterday.... The wonderful smell of the sea wasn't there! I don't know what that salt water smell is "technically" called, but you know what I'm talking about. It's that amazingly wonderful and refreshing smell of being near the ocean waters. It wasn't there? It just wasn't there!! And, there were no sea gulls. We saw 2 sandpipers scurrying about the beach and 3 pelicans flying overhead. That's all we saw in the 4 hours we were on the island. I don't know if the gulls stay away from the beach during the heat of the day, but with the dead fish laying out on the beach and the people eating their snacks, I'd have thought the gulls would have been there, but they weren't. So, do the gulls avoid the heat of the day and only come early in the morning or late in the evening? And, I missed seeing all the little crabs scurrying about. We did not see a single crab during our 4 hours on the beach. Then again, could it have been the heat of the day? (We were there from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm). Thanks, Karen -Lisa Guidroz My reply to Lisa: Karen Mayer Hopkins August 22 at 10:04am Lisa, things are just as you saw. Contradiction after contradiction after contradiction. Lies heaped upon more lies. Pressure from the government to re-open rec. fishing and comm. fishing because of loss of tax dollars and loss of revenues from the sale of comm. and rec. fishing licenses. BP is poised to run out at any minute now. All you have to do is read my page regularly and check out my blog, which is posted on my page to see the truth. The media is spewing lies at the rate the blown well head spewed oil. It's a nightmare. Please feel free to copy and paste your letter and my response to my wall, if you feel comfortable with that. People need to read what you saw!