There's been a lot of talk lately in our local paper about how awful the beach erosion has become again. So I thought it would do me good to go check it out for myself.
As I approached the beach from the NaBalam Road (I made that name up. I don't think that street really has a name), I didn't really notice anything different. Except that one of the those giant baskets for collecting plastics has now been placed there. Yes, the island has finally, reluctantly, entered the world of recycling.
Looking off to the right of the bridge, it still looks the same to me.
But as I glanced further along that side of the beach, it actually appears to me as though there has been an increase in the sandy beach, not an erosion. That little section never was really wide to begin with anyway.
Looking to the left is another story altogether. My stick for gauging the beach is now back in the water. And the beach itself is very dirty. Not garbage, just dirty.
Across the way, the Avalon Reef Club and Tax Evaders have now built a retaining wall to try to save what they can of their beach. Truthfully, I wouldn't care if that whole thing washed out to sea.
Back on the NaBalam side. The NaBalam has purchased the rental concession for this beach which allows them to rent out chairs, umbrellas, beds and palapas. Of course, with the beach erosion going on, that leaves no room at all for families or casual bathers to spread out. I hate the commercialization that is taking over the once grand beaches here.
See those white bags? Last time I was at the beach I snorkeled along them. They were totally immersed and fish were using them as nurseries. It was fascinating to watch all the miniature fish hiding around them.