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    Posted May 10, 2010 by
    pensacola, Florida
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    Another Day in Paradise


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    Pensacola Beach, Florida

    Fort Pickens 

    It was Mother’s Day yesterday and we took our mom and the grandchildren out on the boat to spend the day in the sun and on the sands near the shores of the historic Fort Pickens built back in the 1830’s.  Lots of others had the same idea and it couldn’t have been a better day to spend in the mouth of the Pensacola Pass, it was warm and sunny with calm and crystal clear waters. 

    But there was something radically different about this island paradise, the white sands and emerald waters are now lined with brightly colored containment booms that have been placed in hopes to hold back the oil.  In my wildest dreams, I would have never guess that we would have to answer these questions…“What are those floaty things?”, “Why are they here?”, “What will the oil do to all the fish and stuff?” and “Can we take some of them red floaty things home with us?”

    I hope that the booms will become just a faded memory to our nephews and that they can continue to build castles in the sands, swim in the clear water and play fort  in a real Spanish Fort as I did when I was a kid.  It was an honor to show these boys this place that I grew up in and I hope they have the chance to show it to their kids.

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