Have you ever noticed how, from time to time, a certain subject will be brought to your attention, then very soon after, you are reminded of that same topic by something someone says, or you read, or hear on the radio or TV? It’ll be a fact, or an event of which you were already aware, but it comes up several times and really gets your attention this time? That’s what happened to me while putting together this edition of Coastal Breeze News.
For some reason, this week I have been made very aware of the tremendous importance of water. Of course, I know that, without water we would not exist. Water covers 70.78 percent of the Earth’s surface?about 139.4 million square miles (from www.e-notes.com). I know that all life on earth came about because of Adam‘s Ale. But this edition, I have been awash with reminders of this most valuable commodity.
As an island community we are always aware of the existence of water. More than ever, these days our eyes are focused on the great Gulf of water that is our neighbor, and that thrives with sea life but is now threatened by the black albatross of oil contamination.
At City Council meeting, Clarence Tears reminded us that, through the drainage and development of the land of south Florida, the district water management system supplies 16 counties?a total of six million people?with water.
At that same meeting, Marco’s water treatment facility won first prize for maintaining the highest removal of major pollution-causing constituents from our waste water.
Currently, even Isles of Capri’s water system is getting a brand new overhaul! Thanks to these folks, we should never have to cry, Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink. Water gives life but sometimes takes it away. As I read Craig Woodward’s “Greatest Storm Stories” I am reminded of the destruction caused by the floods that hurricanes bring.
This week at the opening of our magnificent new MIHS Museum Complex, Carlton Ward, Jr. showed his vibrant photos of the Florida cowboys. Some depict cowboys herding cattle in the pouring rain. Ward talked about the particular cattle that have been bred in this region, whose hooves are more able to withstand the water in the wetlands of Florida.
Incidentally, the landscaping at the museum is “water friendly” too! In the dry season we work hard to conserve water; in the wet, we take care not to be overwhelmed by flooding.
Let’s continue to enjoy great fishing, our beautiful beaches, and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico.