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Old 08-29-2011, 07:46 PM
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I keep reading threads where some began asking about water conditions (trash & debri) and asking if specific landings are open in various locations within one day of Irene.. Shouldn't we give the property owners the necessary time to get their lives back together before we start pushing to wet a hook. No one loves the sport of fishing more than me, but I do think we should show some concerns for coastal residents. Maybe I'm from the old school, but put yourself in the owners shoes. You just loss your home, a boat and other belongings and you look up and see boaters running around dodging debris in the waterways.as though nothing ever occured. What are your thoughts?[ SIZE="5"][/SIZE]
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:20 PM
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If you just lost your father and were grieving, would you expect everyone that crossed your path to grieve as well?

For all I know, some of those people that are looking for ramps may have lost their house and just want to get out on their boat to have a little time to clear their head as they move into what could be one of the most difficult times of their lives. Some of those businesses would welcome boaters as they need the revenue they generate to help them get back on their feet or keep their business afloat while the locals (their regular clientele) are getting their lives together and not patronizing that business. After living through a few hurricanes in S Fl, all I can say is that people want to regain some normalcy as soon as possible.....just be respectful of others and go about your business.
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:21 PM
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An awful lot of coastal residents depend on seasonal income,and the season just got chopped off before one of the biggest weekends of the year. If you go, buy your gas and supplies there, instead of saving a few pennies by taking them with you. Be considerate, and don't expect service to be what it was last week. Don't miss a chance to help someone out if it presents itself.
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:22 PM
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I give it a month after a storm before I hit the water after a hurricane tears through here (Louisiana). It gives the waterways time to flush themselves out and the locals time to clean up. Trees, telephone lines, rope, drums, pallets, cars, ole hullls, crabtraps, telephone poles, tires. I was talked into going out 2 weeks after one and wound up in the water with a pair of wire cutters removing a crab trap from the prop of a lafitte skiff. Now I dont know how may of you have ever done this but let me say it was a total mess.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:41 AM
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some good points here. A return to some normal activity helps people cope with what has just happened. One thought tho, having been there done that, if you do go on the water, use extreme caution. Floating debris, wood, trees, signs and things you would never imagine will be in the water. Post Charley, we had a hospital ahead sign, from a different county floating in the harbor...good luck to all and be safe in your cleaning efforts.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:47 AM
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Lots of the folks that live on the coast make their living selling bait, launching boats and providing services to fishermen and boaters. Doing business is the only way the can generate a living. In the aftermath of Katrina, the first business that opened in St Bernard Parish was the Breton Sound Marina, they were begging people to come fishing. Made the first trip down their, debri everywhere, power lines still down across the road, running everything on generators, normal drive time about 1 hour 15 minutes, it took over 3 hours to get down there. Those guys were at work trying to make a living.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:48 AM
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if "old school" means being unable to resist the urge to tell other people what they should and shouldn't do, i'll go sit in the "new school" section from here on out...

OP i realize your heart is in the right place, but i cannot see how someone else using their boat causes any distress to coastal property owners
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I do see your point, but most locals understand that tourism drives their local economy. I'm personally enjoying the winter-like crowd of the past week or so here in Surf City...but realize the local economy has taken a hit during a traditionally busy part of the year (i.e. Labor Day). As long as you're not interfering with the cleanup, etc....I don't see any problem with coming down to fish.
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I think coastal living is a risk versus return venture. We know that these storms are inevetable, but I (only speaking for me) chose to live here for the beauty, fully aware of what coastal Carolina faces every few years, sometimes multiple times each year. I don't mind the people coming to fish or swim even while I pick up my yard debris, because while they are here they wished they lived here. I know they do.
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Originally Posted by cgrand View Post
if "old school" means being unable to resist the urge to tell other people what they should and shouldn't do, i'll go sit in the "new school" section from here on out...

OP i realize your heart is in the right place, but i cannot see how someone else using their boat causes any distress to coastal property owners
Put me in the new school as well.
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:18 PM
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Yep. I'm new school. Go fishing! Buy Some Bait! Hire a Charter and Eat at a Beach restaraunt!
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:10 AM
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Life goes on. There are tragedies, large and small, all around us. Every day. You cannot be solemn all the time just to ensure you don't unknowingly distress some poor soul. It would be too depressing.

Continue to be reasonable and prudent in your activities. Only a jerk will go balls-to-the-walls where somebody is trying to repair their storm-damaged waterfront.
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