Long Beach status: sand creeps back, no stairs, more damage at seawall and walkway

Photo journal documenting rapid damage and repairs post trio of winter storms as of May 2018.

sunrise_ May 2018_flawed and beautiful Long Beach seawall promenade Gloucester Rockport Ma  ©c ryan.jpg

Sand

is creeping back, truly. (view looking across to Gloucester side) 

sand creeping back Long Beach Mass after winter storms May 16 2018 ©c ryan.jpg

(sand migrating back- view looking to Rockport– see 2017 post about  Long Beach annual shifting sands )

Sand migrates back center of Long Beach MA - even with winter storm erosion- 20180516- ©c Ryan.jpg

beach erosion was significant

Damage continues

Spring tides slam the Long Beach seawall.

photo: A tree tossed up like a toothpick atop the rip rap helps to illustrate the ocean’s twice daily whollops.

tree tossed up like toothpick_May 16 2018 Long Beach Mass-strong high tides twice daily ©c ryan.jpg

vulnerable spots clearly visible to the naked eye (I marked up two with red lines)

weak spots Long Beach seawall damage May 18 2018 _©c ryan.jpg

 

When the seawall opened up and heavy concrete sections balanced like hanging chads or individual playing cards, I was not surprised. The massive promenade had shown signs of strain.  Small fissures and tiny holes were noticeable before the winter storms accelerated its decline. Water finds a way in at high tides. The manmade wall is noticeably shifting and rumbling at a greater pace. Holes, cracks and breaks along the seawall expand, and new ones erupt. I can’t help conjuring up comparisons to Yellowstone’s boiling and unpredictable surface.  I imagine stakeholders are mapping details of their immediate landscape. Though beaten down, the promenade is walkable and sturdy. Tiny holes do expand rather alarmingly.

example –

and another (filled)- the cone eventually dropped beneath the path

Fissures

more photos (before-afters, repairs, boulder pyres, stairs or lack thereof, and nuisance popples) and videos of  seawall ramparts giant boulder shuffle

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Repairing Long Beach Rockport Mass after storm damage|Busy New England DPW crews

Marveling at the tenacity of coastal towns- Cape Ann public works after winter storms are no joke.

Spring staircases

Rockport, Mass. The many access stairs for the Long Beach pedestrian walkway are put back each spring. Some years, the landing platforms on the sand side need repair. The 2018 winter storms pummeled each and every access point. Landings on sand and up top, the railings, and treads were entirely stripped. The rebuild for a few of the staircases will remain on hold until their immediate seawall areas are tended.

 

Water shoes this summer

From there to here: popples and rocks from the decimated barrier wall between Long Beach and Cape Hedge Beach were deposited along Long Beach.

March 9 2018 after storms - barrier wall swept away Long Beach ©c ryan _173957

REPAIR~4
barrier wall displaced and great swaths landed on Long Beach

Where’s the beach?

Spring 2018, the ocean is several feet deep at the rip rap line every high tide

spring high tides- the water seems extra deep at rip rap as if could dive in-ocean against seawall- no beach at all most day albeit low tide

Evolution of damage at beach barrier

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Rockport Art Association 1960s Summer Dances

I was recently at the Rockport Art Association for the seARTS annual meeting.

As I headed back to the Art building in the back, old memories passed through my head.

Even though it was cold and rainy, the memories of warm summer nights, heading down to Rockport, to attend the RAA dances.   Back then it was a great opportunity for locals to meet kids from out-of-state, who were vacationing with their parents.  Some of those memories are another story. 

It was amazing that they trusted us in the beautiful surroundings of all that art.

This video clip shows some of the local art today, recommend going down and taking a look, and a clip of how teenagers danced in the 60’s.  If you recognize yourself in the video, you may want to keep it to yourself at least that is my intention.

Enjoy a blast from the past.

This video clip shows some of the local art today, recommend going down and taking a look, and a clip of how teenagers danced in the 60’s.  If you recognize yourself in the video, you may want to keep it to yourself, at least I am.

Enjoy a blast from the past.   (Note: video is from a dance at the GHS not at RAA)