I walk here most days, to this strip of sand settled by the Ais, a tribe of Native Americans.

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It’s easy to imagine them living here, small nomadic bands making camp.

 

So much has changed since then.

Remember when you could just pull off to the side of the road and stroll through dunes to the ocean?  Today, most of the Atlantic Coast is overrun with parking lots, concessions, and billboards.

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But here in the land of the Ais, there are still plenty of pristine beaches with easy and free public access.

 

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Marker at the public access to Fletcher Beach, Hutchinson Island, FL

 

Markers always interest me. (There isn’t one for the Ais. At least, I haven’t seen one yet.)  I’m curious to know more about the honorees, the folks who came before us, the ones who deserve our gratitude.

The marker near the dune is for C. Scott Fletcher, an Australian-born education professional. He spent more than three decades protecting these beaches from development. He pioneered Save Our Beaches.  The Ais would applaud him, I’m sure.

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This part of the shoreline was named in honor of Scott and Billie. It might look much different today if it weren’t for the efforts of this visionary community activist.

C. Scott Fletcher died in 1991. His legacy never will.

Toni 2/4/16

 

6 thoughts on “DID SOMEONE SAY #TBT?

  1. Show me this Waterlogue!!

    One summer I walked Coast Guard Beach and stopped to study the prehistoric fishing camp unearthed during that winter’s storms! Serious coastal erosion uncovered a cooking hearth which was all it took for archaeologists to converge on the site where, working fast before it was all covered up by the next storm, they discovered fire pits, pottery and artifacts believed to be from camps dating back 4,000 years. Have they found such for the Ais on your beach?

    Wonderful piece, Toni. Just wonderful.
    Patty

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