This past weekend’s storm caused more problems here than we initially expected. It is quite noticeable that Money Island took one more hit in the long battle against rising water level and increased storm energy. The most visible impact is a loss of more than one vertical foot of beach sand on the water side of the new Bayview Road bulkhead. That beach loss was a predicted impact of the sea wall construction but seeing it happen in real life is no less shocking. The marina lost a finger dock
, a load of dock lumber and of our two dock ramps need major repairs. One neighbor’s house lost a section of siding. At least two of the commercial docks need repair or replacement of their flotation. Repair costs of the damaged items we noticed are likely to be in the range of $10,000 to $20,000 even with our use of primarily volunteer and uncompensated labor.
One of the long term predictions about the effect of climate change is that the combine forces of sea level rise and increased water and air temperatures in that smaller storms like this will have a greater destructive impact on property. That seems to be the case with this recent storm Jonas.
I noticed the irony that the newer structures seemed to incur the most damage. The old decrepit and abandoned structures here seem to have survived unscathed.
We do not yet know what is caused this new dock to sink. Perhaps the air-filled floats cracked and filled with water. The floats were rebuilt in September 2015. This will likely be our most difficult and expensive repair this spring.
Flowing sand across roadways and parking areas can cause headaches.
There is more deterioration of the roadway at the Bayview Road bridge yet a tractor clearing debris drove over it today.
The snow and ice on the marsh was mostly melted by the end of the day Monday.
We figure that eventually U.S. manufacturers of amphibious vehicles will bring the price down, but you can forget about troubles with flooded roads right now for only $155,000. We definitely see a vehicle like this in the future of Money Island residents of the year 2030.
Over the past 3+ years since hurricane Sandy we’re made huge progress toward improving our ability to withstand high winds, flooding and even flowing ice. You could say it’s almost been an obsession around here. Here is a partial list of our recent projects:
replaced high electric lighting fixtures mounted on poled with lower level more protected solar powered dock lights
replaced trash dumpster with “tip-proof” elevated storm proof sealed trash and recycling kiosks
stronger signage with plywood backing
use of new corrugated roofing materials and construction techniques designed to withstand 80 mph winds
replaced commercial port-a-potty with elevated and non-tip-able toilet
stainless steel cable tether lines on movable structures and equipment
upgraded the water well and pump house to better withstand freezing and flooding
installed a water line break alarm system
constructed storm-roof crab shedding trays
replaced PVC with more flexible and freeze-proof PEX water supply lines
constructed an enclosed lumber yard
anchored buildings and floating decks to pilings with hurricane straps
anchored roofs to buildings with hurricane straps
upgraded major supporting beams from 4×4 lumber to 6×6 lumber
moved freezer and ice machine from outside deck to inside a closed structure
constructed dunes and berms
planted dune grass
encouraged growth of ground cover on empty lots so that root systems will prevent erosion
added rock on most vulnerable shorelines
entered partnership with The Nature Conservancy shoreline stabilization project.
This little 2.5 horsepower 4 stroke engine is one of the most fuel efficient outboard engines made. It does not set any speed records but easily moves our 12 foot aluminum rental boat up the creek for perch fishing.
We thought that the sound of an outboard engine would be welcome and comforting in the middle of January.
The wind this week caused some damage but overall we are still doing much better this winter than in past years. On days when the wind dies down we still get some work done at the marina. At this point in mid-January we are beginning to gain hope that we will get through the winter without any major replacements necessary.
This photo below shows ice damage from last year’s severe winter. We replaced 7 of these damaged finger docks with a stronger design and have 2 more under construction now.
, it won’t be long before reservations for our docks start heating up. Spring striper season beginning in March has been fairly successful for the the few boater who venture out in search of the migrating fish.
Call Bruce at 856-447-3576 to reserve a boat slip for the season opening on March 15.
We just resolved the boat slip questions for 2016:
We lowered slip rental prices last year for 2015 to $45 per foot and the rate will remain the same for 2016. There will be a $100 surcharge for the slips with the new finger docks; we have 4 more under construction this winter. The intent is to keep the cost as low as possible for those who are price sensitive but to cover the cost of the new slips and other upgrades over time.
, near Bowen’s and away from the recreational boats, will be converted to large boat and commercial boat parallel docks. Our intent is that by removing extra recreational dock capacity we will get back to 100% recreational dock usage more quickly. The number of available slips will decrease from 64 to 45.
I made a physical inspection of the docks yesterday. We are in better physical shape than in any past year but will continue to work on a “punch list” of repairs. If you know of anything that needs attention on your dock, please let me know.
The slip rental agreement is available for download. Nothing is changed from last year except that Tony will check for and counter-sign the lease agreement before the boat comes in.
Please consider giving us a hand by spreading the word. We need a few more boaters who appreciate our “private bay”.
“The Coast Guard recommends mariners to carry a working VHF radio, life jackets and signaling devices prior to beginning their voyage. VHF radios have a greater range than cell phones, and provide a direct link to Coast Guard watchstanders.”
Congratulations to Tom and Samantha and their families on the birth of Thomas Todd Pew III, born 11:55 pm last night, 7 pounds even according to his grandmother. Young Tom may be Money Island’s first 3rd generation waterman.
We expect full moon flooding on the roadways this morning 1/10/2016 and for the next few days. High tide is about 9:30. Use the tide lookup tool to check tide times and water level predictions. The roadway may be impassable for an hour or two before and after high tide.