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* Two legendary businesses on opposite ends of Apalachicola, the Deep Water Marina and Seafood Reef restaurant, met their demises this past week
- Port St. Joe Star, 4-26-06

w* An emergency berm project to place sand on beaches behind Carillon Beach and Pinnacle Port properties is more than half finished
- Panama City News Herald, 4-26-06

* Work to fix Hurricane Ivan-damaged bulkheads along the Navarre Beach Causeway on the south end of the bridge has not been done, and it's about to unravel the agreement that helped lift the 50-cent toll from the only direct link to Navarre Beach
- Pensacola News Journal, 4-25-06

* A muted blue and gray sky didn't stop people from packing Port Royal's Paris Avenue for the third annual Soft Shell Crab Fest
-  Beaufort Gazette, 4-23-06

Armored shorelines and Brunswick's shipping channel are leading to serious erosion in some places, they say. Meanwhile, the specter of bacterially contaminated waters lurks just out of sight. The concerns, to one extent or another, are washing over public beaches on both St. Simons and Jekyll islands
- The Brunswick News, 4-22-06

* Walton County beach nourishment suspended
* Walton Sun, 4-20-06

* Glynn County residents want their guests to pick up the tab for improvements to two St. Simons Island beach access points
- Brunswick News, 4-20-06

* Two weeks after the state Supreme Court ruled that Jasper County can build a $600 million container port on the Savannah River, the S.C. State Ports Authority has again asked the high court to step in to stop the county's condemnation of the 1,800-acre site
- Beaufort Gazette, 4-19-06

* The Golden Isles could see increases both in the number of mosquitoes buzzing through the air and the diseases they carry this summer
- Brunswick News, 4-18-06

* Bids for Hilton Head Island's large-scale beach renourishment project came in a little over budget last week, but officials said they think they have settled on a contractor and a potential start date
- Hilton Head Island Packet Online, 4-18-06

* Developer unveils big plans for Ormond Beach
- Daytona Beach News-Jouirnal, 1-18-06

* The future of bridges to marsh islands comes down to 18 votes. A state (South Carolina) House committee Tuesday will consider a subcommittee's stripped-down version of regulations that environmentalists say would gut protection for the islands
- Charleston Post and courier, 4-16-06

* Rebirth on the beach. It's only April, but things are looking good as our shores recover
- Pensacola News Journal, 4-16-06

* The hunt is on for the Gulf Coast's favorite fish -- red snapper -- albeit limited to Florida waters out to nine miles offshore. The rest of the Gulf of Mexico opens next Friday for the federal season, where most of the reefs await in deeper water
- Pensacola News Journal, 4-15-06

* The state is trying to figure out what to do about dune crossovers extending from privately leased residential property to the state-owned beach on Jekyll Island
- Brunswick News, 4-13-06

* The temporary bridge next to the Bridge of Lions in downtown St. Augustine could open sooner than expected
- St. Augustine Record, 4-13-06

* Scuttling a ship at sea hardly like sinking toy boats in a tub. Officials confident in Oriskany reefing plan
- Pensacola News Journal, 4-13-06

* Intracoastal dredging will go begging in budget
- Brunswick News, 4-11-06

* Beach survival guide
-  St. Augustine Record, 4-9-05

Emory University scholar, Tom Chaffin, charts the contentious course of the Confederate raider Shenandoah
- Savannah Morning News, 4-8-06

* Seawall Controversy at Carrabelle Beach Rages On
- Apalachicola & Carrabelle Times, 5-6-06

* The $8.3 million beach-renourishment project at Hunting Island State Park will begin by June after state park officials agreed to concessions on lighting and monitoring that will allow them to work into the loggerhead turtle nesting season
- Hilton Head Island Packet Online, 4-7-06

* The Nature Conservancy considers the St. Marys River one of its "Last Great Places" and has purchased a 777-acre tract called Devil's Elbow on the Georgia side of the river to protect it
- Fernandina Beach News Leader, 4-5-06

* DAYTONA BEACH -- In an emotional public meeting to discuss the "vision" plan Thursday night, about 120 residents asked city staff to throw out the rezoning document that includes an unpopular recommendation to increase density in many beachside neighborhoods
* Boaters feel pinch as development eats up boatyards
- Daytona Beach News-Journal, 4-7-06

* Beaufort County's beaches were mostly spared last year from the effects of two tropical storms, but ongoing beach erosion continues to be a problem on Daufuskie, Hilton Head and Hunting islands, according to the State of the Beaches report released Tuesday
- Hilton Head Island Packet Onlline, 4-6-06

* Lifeguard team now ready to take on waves of tourists. For the first time in a long time, Pensacola Beach water safety officials are ready to face the summer's tourist onslaught
* Work to rebuild the hurricane-damaged road linking Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach still is months away
- Pensacola News Journal, 4-6-06

* Both June and September start dates were under consideration, but the shift in focus means summer beachgoers won't see the loud, disruptive machinery that caused complaints during the last renourishment in 1997. A fall start also means the work will avoid nesting sea turtles and the main thrust of hurricane season, said deputy town manager Chuck Hoelle
- Hilton Head Island Packet Online, 4-4-06

* Darien blesses its shrimp fleet
- Brunswick News, 4-3-06

* Dredging off the coast of Navarre Beach could resume this week after Friday's accidental death of a protected sea turtle temporarily shut down a $13.6 million beach renourishment project
- PensacolN News Journal, 4-4-06

* ST. MARKS - It's official. Posey's Oyster Bar won't be reopening. Its Web site no longer exists. The waterfront building is for sale
- Tallahassee Democrat, 4-3-06

* Beach surf keeps lifeguards busy; rip currents are possible today
- Pensacola News Journal, 4-2-05

* New Ponce Inlet jetty a compromise. County, Army engineers say design plan won't kill surfers' waves
- Daytona Beach News-Journal, 4-1-06

* In the South Carolina region where fishing rules are set by the service's Charleston-based South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, only seven of 100 stocks are known to be healthy, the report said, a number that has improved only slightly in the five years. It cites a lack of up-to-date data on the fish as the council's biggest obstacle
- Charleston Post and Courier, 3-30-06

* 'Save Atlantic Beach' forms to fight proposed building limits
- The Beaches Leader, 3-29-06

* Officials seeking temporary ban on new seawalls
- Tallahassee Democrat, 3-29-06

* Minutes after she informed the Bay County Tourist Development Council of its completion, Lisa Armbruster again was discussing the beach renourishment project Tuesday morning
- Panama City News Herald, 3-30-06

* Citing an agreement by government officials to rewrite regulations that impact the Alabama beach mouse, a federal judge in Mobile on Monday dismissed a lawsuit seeking more protected areas for the endangered creatures
- Dauphin Island Mullet Wrapper, 3-28-06

* Sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico could threaten the completion of the beach restoration project
-  Deston Log, 3-29-06

* Developer to build high-end condos at site of Battery Creek Marina
- Beaufort Gazette, 3-28-06

* Beaufort County workers will begin making temporary safety improvements this week to the remaining section of the old Broad River bridge so that it can be used as a pier in time for cobia season
- Hilton Head Island Packet Online, 3-28-06

* With the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau pouring marketing efforts into a new generation of family vacationers, and area hotels focusing on the group with more disposable income, college and high school students may be on the losing end
- Daytona Beach News-Journal, 3-28-06

 DAUPHIN ISLAND -- Spring break here has been slow this year. Which, apparently, surprised just about no one 
- Dauphin Island Mullet Wrapper, Mobile Register, 3-26-06

* Past storms have ripped away ironwork and placed massive cracks and holes in the brickwork of Sand Island Lighthouse, but no one knows yet the extent of the damage Hurricane Katrina did to the 134-year-old tower
- Dauphin Island Mullet Wrapper, Mobile Register, 3-25-06

* Wait for new fishing pier could be more than 2 years Area anglers shouldn’t hold their breath awaiting construction of a new Navarre Beach Fishing Pier
* Beach to gain 'elbow room' Navarre shoreline project to relieve area's residents
* Seawalls in Walton County face storm of bureaucracy
- Pensacola News Journal, 3-27-06

St. Mary's Submarine museum sails to success after 10 years
- Florida Times Union, 3-26-06

* Fort Pickens: Bringing a national treasure back to life. Stronghold survived storms, but getting there's quite a trek
- Pensacola News Journal, 3-26-06

* Of all the places retirees can choose to live, St. Marys is up at the top of the list
- Camden County Tribune and Georgian, 3-24-06

* While most college-age spring breakers head toward the debauchery of a party town farther south, some find the laid-back atmosphere of Hilton Head a bit more appealing
- Hilton Head Island Packet Online, 3-23-06

* Ormond debates beachfront development
- Daytona Beach News Journal, 3-23-06

* The city of Tybee Island Monday took a step toward buying the River's End campground in a deal designed to stop residential development on the 7-acre tract
-  Savannah Morning News, 3-21-06

* Ormond residents fear beach loss to condo developers. In a few years, the stretch of State Road A1A that runs from Granada Boulevard to the Daytona Beach border could undergo a dramatic facelift
-   Daytona Beach News-Journal, 3-21-05

* In the face of falling prices due largely to pressure from farm-raised imports, American shrimpers are fighting back with a wide-ranging marketing and branding effort that they hope will differentiate wild American shrimp from overseas competitors
- Hilton Head Island Packet Online, 3-20-06

* Ongoing repairs to hurricane damage along Scenic Gulf Drive in Destin and Walton County doesn’t seem to be deterring tourists
- Northwest Florida Daily News, 3-20-06

* More than a half-mile of beach along Daufuskie Island's south shore will soon be covered with 35,000 sea oats, a move developers hope will reduce erosion, promote beach renourishment and prevent flooding
- Hilton Head Island Packet Online, 3-18-06

* Island hopes to save beachfront by limiting building
- Hilton Head Island Packet Online, 3-16-05

* Construction of the marina for a $70-million housing and retail project -- marking the revitalization of the St. Augustine's western entrance -- is under way
- St. Augustine Record, 3-15-06

* Flagler County's growth topped all counties in the nation for a second consecutive year, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures scheduled for release today
-  Daytona Beach News-Journal, 3-16-06

* For more than 18 months, anglers have hoped that the federal government would restore the hurricane-ravaged Pensacola Bay

* The carcass of a pygmy killer whale washed ashore on Hilton Head Island on Saturday is only the fourth recorded stranding of the rare species in South Carolina, and the first to be analyzed by the National Ocean Service in Charleston
- Hilton Head Island Packet Online, 3-14-06

* Men-of-war, rough waters increase risks at the beach
- Pensacola News Journal, 3-14-06

* The Hilton Head Town Council tentatively approved a new dune-protection measure Friday, despite protests from a family who said the action was aimed at stopping their development plans
- Hilton Head Island Packet Online, 3-11-06

* If you're headed to St. George Island this weekend, you may be surprised to learn the St. George Island State Park is still recovering from Hurricane Dennis
- Tallahassee Democrat, 3-11-06

* FORT WALTON BEACH — Thursday was long expected to be the day the Emerald Coast Bridge Authority chose a preferred route for a proposed toll bridge from Fort Walton Beach to Okaloosa Island. The panel did choose, but still left people worried about their homes and businesses being swallowed by a new bridge.
- Northwest Florida Daily News, 3-10-06

* Two local environmentalists on Wednesday called for more enforcement on new development and cautioned against allowing heavy development without weighing the impact on water systems in Beaufort County
- Beaufort Gazette, 3-9-06

* Where are the 'mudbugs'? Crawfish supply low along Gulf Coast
-  Pensacola News-Journal, 3-9-06

* Beginning April 11, fishermen in the South Atlantic will be required to purchase a new permit to harvest or transport shrimp in federal water Shrimpers see permits as burden. Officials: Rule is first step to fishery management
- Hilton Head Island Packet Online, 3-7-06

* Waterway funding in a drought. Critics say Corps of Engineers should begin downsizing system
- Dauphin Island Mullet Wrapper, Mobile Register, 3-5-0-6

* Forget winter, it's beach time. Dry weather expected most of this week
- Pensacola News-Journal, 3-6-06

* Ponte Vedra told to clear obstructed beach access
- Florida Times Union, 3-4-06

* NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Recent stormy weather slammed into the county's $14 million dune restoration project, but county officials said most of the sand -- though displaced -- remains on shore
- Beachside bear caught, relocated
- Daytona Beach News-Journal, 3-4-06

* Katrina-phobia has elevated the discussion about development of the hurricane-vulnerable Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts to new levels, beach community leaders learned Wednesday
- Pensacola News Journal, 3-2-06

* Morris Island has dropped off the list of the most endangered Civil War battlefields, a recognition that a new push to preserve it is likely to pay off
- Charleston Post and Courier, 3-1-06

* Georgia's shrimping season ends today after a warm winter kept it open longer than usual
- Savannah Morning News, 2-27-06

* Edisto Beach replenishment will create flat sand 'berm'
-  Charleston Post and Courier, 2-27-06

* A project manager of a Calibogue Sound dredging operation accused of illegally dumping thousands of tons of dredge spoil into the waterway off Hilton Head Island has been given additional time to prepare his defense or reach a plea agreement with federal prosecutors
- Savannah Morning News, 2-26-06

* Marineland, which made a big splash as the world's first oceanarium in 1938, will reopen Saturday after a major renovation and the construction of a new Dolphin Conservation Center
- Florida Times Union, 2-27-06

* CAPE SAN BLAS - This used to be called Florida's ''Forgotten Coast.'' But not anymore.
- Tallahasse Democrat, 2-27-06

* The $8.3 million nourishment of Hunting Island's beaches likely will be delayed until November because of a tight timeline to avoid turtle nesting and stiff competition for contractors working in storm-battered regions after last year's hurricane season
- Beaufort Gazette, 2-26-06

* Planners draw vision for St. Simons Village
- Brunswick News, 2-25-06

* 700 feet of new beach: Walton County’s beach restoration project continues to forge ahead smoothly. “Everything is going well. We’re very pleased with the construction of the project,” said Brad Pickel, director of beach management for the Walton County Tourist Development Council
- Destin Log, 2-25-06

* Alligator Point Beach Renourishment Tied to Road Issues
- Apalachicola & Carrabelle Times, 2-23-06

* Visitors to Alligator Point or motorists along scenic U.S. Highway 98 in Franklin County are seeing more rocks, rubble and seawalls as part of the coastal scenery
- Tallahassee Democrat, 2-26-06

* The Dauphin Island Town Council voted Tuesday to financially back the construction of a tide-stopping sand wall, the island's second manmade attempt to fortify the island's storm-ravaged west end
- Mobile Register, Dauphin Island mullet Wrapper, 2-22-06

* Dauphin Island leaders plan to decide today whether to pursue building a taxpayer-funded, $4 million protective sand wall as a second man-made attempt to fortify the island's storm-ravaged west end
- Mobile Register, Dauphin Island mullet Wrapper, 2-21-06

* Hilton Head Island officials say they soon will require all owners of short-term rentals to get a business license, after originally saying owners who rented through property management companies were exempt
- Hilton Head Island Packet Online, 2-21-06

* After weeks of delay, crews started pumping sand Sunday night for the seven-mile beach restoration project in Destin and Walton County
* Northwest Florida Daily News, 2-21-06

To older beach and coast news links back to July 2, 2001


We love the beach but we can only visit once a year.  So we  built this site to cover the beaches within a reasonable driving distance from our home in Atlanta.  The maps and links on this site lead to all kinds of beach sites.  We dedicate it to landlocked beachcombers, like us, everywhere. Created July 15, 2000.  I'd be very happy if you visited TK's Easy Website Service too. I specialize in web sites for vacation rentals.

Check out the Hall of Fame.  Or send us an e-mail.

What's New:

This site is mostly about maps of the beaches.  We have maps that can get you to the beach, but we really enjoy looking at maps of the beach itself.

* DHEC workers take water samples from Folly and beaches up and down the coast twice a month from May 15 through Oct. 15 and issue warning advisories for high levels of bacteria that can make swimmers ill
-Charleston Post and Courier, 7-3-05

* Every Saturday during the summertime, thousands of travelers try to get to their vacation rentals on Hilton Head Island, turning U.S. 278 into a virtual parking lot frequently stretching 10 miles or more
-Hilton Head Island Packet Online, 7-3-05

* In today's market, a 100-front-foot lot on Fort Morgan is selling for $1.7 million, while the lots directly behind that, called second-tier lots, are going for $650,000. Those second-tier lots were selling for $100,000 three years ago, according to Powell
-Dauphin Island Mullet Wrapper, Mobile Register, 7-3-05

* PANAMA CITY BEACH Thirteen hundred bucks for a view of bulldozers and the latrine? No thanks. Dozens of vacationers expected sun and sand during their holiday in Bay County this weekend but were met with rows of pipes and the roar of heavy-duty equipment, as work crews continued a longrunning dredging project in the face of Fourth of July visitors
-Panaman City News Herald, 7-4-05

* Coast Guard is posting a weekend search-and-rescue crew at Carrabelle for the second summer
-Tallahassee, 7-4-05


Our places pages overlap with the map pages but, who cares?


If the page isn't a map or a place, it must be a department.
  • Hall of Fame  Our list of superlatives.  You can find the sites we love and things we hate about the beach.
  • Beach forums on the web Some are about the south some not.
  • Beach Books  Our favorite beach books.
  • Beach Media  Radio, newspapers, and magazines about the beach.  You can find the Charleston News and Courier, and the  Apalachicola Times and every news paper in between.
  • Links  If we can't classify a beach site, we put it here.  You can find some nature sites, fish, and lighthouse information here.  Lots of odd sites such as the Virtual Sand Collection.
  • Log  We keep a complete log of changes we make to the site.



Let's eat
Where do you like to eat at the beach?  This is a forum where you can post your own restaurant reviews.  If you know of a good place to buy fresh seafood, tell us about it.



Beach Vacation rental sites and vacation rental research are naturals for the web. Boat loads of property owners, real estate companies, and travel companies are doing it.  But, there is way too much and way too little out there.  Owners and renters need some help.



About us
A little about us and the purpose (if any) of this site.



Work in progress
Work in progress: We want to build these out::  Beach CrittersFishingDriving to the BeachAncient ShorelinesEnvironmental links, and Potential Hall of Fame sites.

Sandbur, Sandspur Sand bur, Sand spur (whatever you call them): scientific name: [Cenchrus echinatus L.  Southern sandbur (sandspur)] Of course these are tops in our Hall of Fame for things we hate at the beach.

Here is some more information about them:

© Paul Rebmann from www.2bnthewild.com


Beach critters

We're just getting this stuff together


We don't have our own fishing pages yet but these are good


Driving to the beach
We've added "Closest Beaches to Atlanta" as a start to our driving to the beach pages.  We get a lot of searches for it.  More to come including napkin maps from real drivers.



Ancient shorelines

Archaeological and geological studies of sea level fluctuation along the South Carolina Coast suggest that over the past 20,000 years sea level may have risen as much as 330 ft (100 meters). At 10,000 ybp the coast may have been as much as 50 miles to the east. Within the past 2,000 years, sea level has fluctuated within a range of less than 12 ft.  See the cool but giant diagram ( 586 kb).

This is a good if big page about Florida geology.  It has good diagrams.

  • Fall Line - is a wave-cut scarp about 100 million years old, marking a high stand of mid-Cretaceous seas

  • Wicomico Terrace

  • Penholoway Terrace

  • Talbot Terrace, 25-42 ft, 7.6-12.8 m, above present sea level)

  • Pamlico Terrace 15-25 ft, 4.6-7.6 m, above present sea level)

  • Princess Ann Terrace (8-15 ft, 2.4-4.6 m, above present sea level)

  • Silver Bluff (formation, which lies between present sea level and the Princess Anne Terrace)

  • Holocene

  • Pleistocene


Environmental links
There's not shortage of environmental websites, here are some that cover the Southeast and more.


Potential Hall of Fame sites
Here are some sites we really like from outside of our neighborhood that could end up in our Hall of Fame.



This is our record of site changes.

What's New:
7-29-02 Yesterday Gannett published a big article on beach erosion and a website about it.

7-26-02 See HGTV.com's Beach Crafts page

7-25-02 We've got to look this site over. Cruising Guides by Claiborne S. Young.  It has some good marina links.

7-24-02 Here is a great site from The Atlanta Boardsailing Club that we've put on our Beaches in Atlanta page.

7-18-02  I wish they did this down south - Jellyfish forecast for Chesapeake bay.  Oops,  'gators on the outer banks.  We've added a new page: Beach forums on the web; we've got some work to do on it.

7-12-02 Finally starting "Driving the beach" or "Getting there" (just starting though).

7-9-02 Added Charleston Illustrated to the Hall of Fame.  Wow.

6-24-02 I like this surfer site about the Texas Coast

6-21-02 What is this site all about?  The New Orleans Beachguide.

6-18-02 Added the The Island Mullet Wrapper newspaper from Dauphin Island to the Beach Media Page

6-15-02 Last week the Destin Ft Walton Log changed their site to show images of the actual paper.  It seems like a good idea but made it slow and all but unreadable in the process.

6-8-02 Added GraytonBeach.com to the Hall of Fame it's like being there.

6-5-02 I've added my vacation rental pages to this site.

5-27-02 See the Palm Valley Bridge website.

5-19-02  We really like this Cedar Key site. The rest of what's new is down here. (NTM Check out Rose Bay Bridges.)

5-4-02  We're starting to list every saltwater fishing pier we can find on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Maine to Texas and we're starting to make that page a little prettier, little being the key word.

4-1-02  April Fools Day.  What a day to redesign a site but there you are.  We've just changed the home page.  The rest will come in their own good time.  I hope we all like it.

See the website for the new Hathaway Bridge

3-6-02  Added Coast News from Darien, Ga to Beach Media page.  Check out the Dog Island web site too.  It's on the Site Catalogue page

3-5-02  Check our the aerial photo of Tybee Island, Georgia.

2-19-02  Added "Kate's Dream" to the Hall of Fame.  It's a beach house rental with a wonderful and personal guide to Alligator Point.

2-17-02  Added The Alligator Point Diaries to the Hall of Fame, Site catalogue and Beach Media Pages.  This are nice.

New bridge pictures from Hilton Head and Apalachicola.

2-3-02  Remind me to check Buckman Bridge or the Fuller Warren Bridge in Jacksonville.

To Log archive - all the way back to August, 2000



More on the way
Let's hope so.