Tides are highly predictable …
But also confusing on Naples Beach, Florida.
The reason: Blame the moon and sun and the position of the shoreline. The tidal cycle is semi diurnal – giving us 2 high tides and two low tides per day. But sometimes the highs are really high (i.e. high-highs) and the lows are really low (i.e. low-lows) and other times the lows and highs are in between (i.e. low-highs and high-lows) which look like a camel’s back (see above). In a nutshell, I still can’t figure it out other than tides are higher and lower during full and new moons. Even more confusing than the tides is the longshore current. Unlike where I grew up in Maryland where the longshore current always flowed south, on Naples Beach it reverses from one day to the next.
It’s a short walk on Naples Pier before you have to turn around.
But did you know it used to be the only road out of town?
That was before south Florida had roads.
Residents, tourists and supplies all traveled to Naples by boat.
What we know today as Old Naples was the entire town.
All the rest of modern-day Naples was swamp.
Today the closest remnant of the swamp is twenty miles away.
Now that is a long walk!
Florida is famous for its beaches …
And the economic bounty of dollars they bring.
But the tourists come and go.
It’s the marine life in the coastal shallows that know it as home.
Here’s to hoping algal blooms and red tide stay away.
LORS is dead (i.e. the old regulation schedule),
Or about to die.
In its place will step LOSOM …
AKA Lake Okeechobee System Operation Manual.
In a nutshell: It will send more water down the Lake’s main release valve.
People on the west coast of south Florida often complain …
of an East Coast Bias when it comes to managing the Everglades water.
Or is this more a case of balancing competing needs?
The gulf stays calm as a lake …
As the summer sky comes to life up above.
Making it even calmer still is all the tourists have left.
That makes for an empty beach.
Plus the fact the rain cleared them out.