Rhode Island's south shore is less developed than the coasts of many other states. This is an offshoot of the damage wrought by the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. Waves and surge from the hurricane destroyed entire communities on the south shore. Afterwards, the state wisely zoned large stretches of the barrier islands and salt ponds to be preserved as nature reserves or wildlife sanctuaries. As a result, Rhode Island's beaches today are surprisingly clean and traditional. Developers were not able to rape the environment by building multi-floor condominiums or vast McMansion tracts (in contrast, see the horrors of coastal Florida, New Jersey, Alabama, and other states).
At the beach
|Charlestown Beach, August, 1976 (Kodachrome 25 slide)|
|House remnants from before 1938, Charlestown Beach, August 1976|
|Mr. Michael Schneck at old pilings, Charlestown Beach, August 1976|
|Dr. Dan Urish enjoying the view and lunch, East Beach, August 1976|
|Barge formerly buried for 85 years, Charlestown Beach, December 1976|
|Oops. No sun bathing this day, Charlestown Beach, January 1977|
|Semi-exposed barge, Charlestown Breachway, Charlestown Beach, January 1977|
|Mr. Steve Yokubaitis, Weekapaug Beach, January 1977|
|Charlestown Beach, January 30, 1977|
Different states use different criteria to define private property versus public land. Public sand does not belong to private landowners, even if they think it is theirs to use. In effect, what is the definition of shoreline? Geographers and politicians have argued about this for over two centuries. If you are interested in the topic, NOAA has posted a list of shoreline references. Shalowitz' Shore and Sea Boundaries is a defining reference and summarizes technical and legal aspects of determining maritime boundaries in the United States. We will see more controversy related to shoreline definition as beaches retreat on most US coasts in the face of rising sea level (as a result of the climate change that millions of deluded Americans deny is underway).
|Oops, sometimes we had to shovel the car out of the snow to get to the beach|
|Beginning of the great Northeastern Blizzard of '78 (flash photograph)|
The photographs above were all Kodachrome 25 or 64 slides, most from my Nikkormat FTn camera or my Leica IIIC, which I still use. I scanned them with a Plustek 7600i scanner operated with Silverfast Ai software.