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Oct. 27, 2014... Will the ocean claim the post?

Oct. 27, 2014… Will the ocean claim the light post in the next few days?

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When the boat returns in 12 hours, will the ocean have gobbled more of the landscape?

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
― Dale Carnegie

El Matal, Ecuador – (Manabi Province)

Words fail me.

Several people said that strong waves rolled in at high tide late yesterday afternoon (Sunday Oct. 26) and assaulted the beach in sets of five or six at a time.   Several more said that the worst happened at dawn this morning, when another high tide brought more angry waves.

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Alcade (Mayor) Angel Rojas visits with locals and inspects the most-recent damage to the beach.

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70 or 80 locals crowded into the corner restaurant, where Mayor Angel Rojas discussed options and patiently listened to feedback from the crowd.  As one person said, “Too little too late,” there are few options.

Alcade Angel Rojas listens to feedback from the crowd.

Alcade Angel Rojas listens to feedback from the crowd.

Large rocks, which the mayor really didn’t want to use, seem to be the only immediate choice.   The rocks and debris would prevent the fishermen from launching their boats and returning home each day.   Building a pier is one option for the long-term plan, yet it doesn’t help anyone now.

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Daniel Santana stressed that it was necessary for the entire line to have sandbags, or it would not be effective.   This stretch, placed in February, continues to shield the homes from the waves.

In February, Coastal Specialist Daniel Santana stressed that the entire line should have sandbags, or they would not be effective. This stretch, placed in February, continues to shield the homes on the upper end from the waves.

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Daniel Santana suggested earlier this year to place the large sandbags to buy time until Geotubes could be installed.  Today that option for Geotubes seems to have vaporized.  (Feedback, anyone?)    As the meeting progressed, the waves ebbed higher like a sly cheetah creeping up on its prey.

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Meeting adjourned…

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Boats crowd the remaining space.

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More photos from the sunset waves will follow soon. In the early morning, I will return to El Matal and will update as often as possible.

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