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    Posted July 7, 2010 by
    Pensacola Beach, Florida
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Track the oil disaster

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    Lost Sole on Pensacola Beach


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     LostSole shot this photo of a tarnished flip-flop after oil struck Pensacola, Florida, on June 23. LostSole incorporated the image into his ongoing project documenting lost shoes around the country, and says he hopes his newborn daughter will be able to experience a clean beach there someday.
    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer

    I have been documenting lost and abandoned shoes, which I now refer to as "Lost Soles", littering our highways and parks for over 4 years now and have gotten some very compelling images that each tell a story. Recently, after the BP oil spill disaster, I came across a lost flip flop, which was once bright white, on the oil smeared Pensacola Beach shoreline that I call home. It was not until that point that the disaster became very real to me. During the time after Hurricane Ivan when almost all was lost, our community still had the beach to go as a place of refuge and hope. I had lost my home, my belongings, but the beautiful white sand beaches in which my life revolved around was still there. Now that has been taken from us. A way of life is threatened, one that may not be regained for some time, if ever. The future is very uncertain with the looming threats of mass coastal evacuations due to to possible toxic rain from evaporating chemical dispersants. The overwhelming and ever-present sense of anxiety is almost too much at times. Causing anger and frustration to creep up in ways you do not even realize. Usually the target being BP and the Govt. who are not doing nearly enough to clean up this disaster and us having no control over the situation, we are helpless against a disaster of this proportion.


    As a footnote: I forgot to mention a big part of the discovery Lost Sole #359. The day I discovered it a young dolphin had been found just down the beach from where the flip flop had washed up. He was still alive, but barely. Many people tried to help save his life by wiping oil off him and out out of his blow hole. Tragically though, he died a short time after being taken to a treatment facility. So as I do with many of my Lost Soles, I dedicated #359 to that Fort Pickens Dolphin that lost his life that day, perhaps a victim of the oil spill. I am sorry I forgot to include this in the iReport originally, and for that I feel bad. Thanks for reading.

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