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    Posted April 14, 2011 by
    The Beaches of Walton County, Florida
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Gulf oil disaster: Messages in sand

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mamarazzi says thinking about the first time she saw oil come ashore makes her want to cry. ' I remember it so vividly, the colors, the smell, the dead silence on the beach: Big dark blobs of oil were gathering on the once pure white sand. Bright green algae was mingled in this mess on our beach. It was so surreal, like you were there, but not- almost like watching a movie or being in a dream.'
    - katie, CNN iReport producer

    Since filming and photographing our beaches for about 800 hours since the BP oil disaster, I have seen our coastline and our residents adapt to the changes from the events from this past year. To describe this in a word? Resilience.


    We are all hopeful. Hopeful that BP, through the watchful eye of the USCG, will make things right. The good news is that there are still BP work crews tending to our beaches.  Of course we worry about our birds, and fragile eco-system since the disaster too, but time will tell this story and so will I.


    Show some LOVE and support our recovering GULF and consider visiting our BEACH this summer!

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