2009-03-10

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign...!

"Sign Sign everywhere a sign
Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign"

(click on image to see the full Jockey's Ridge Sign Gallery)


Kind of reminds me of that 1970s protest song titled "Signs" by Five Man Electrical Band. Jockey's Ridge is literally inundated with signs! Between spoiling the soundside view, to creating a hazard for hiking gear out to the beach, there is definitely overkill with the signs. If anyone from the State Park Service checks into this blog; here are a few recommendations from a patron of Jockey's Ridge beach from before the State began "managing" it.

1) Remove all the signs, and consolidate the messages into ONE sign!
2) Create a new walking path though the vegetation line (sand trail only) near where you want watersports enthusiasts to launch. Note, the path should be wide enough to carry gear.
3) The only "sign" that should remain holds the doggie bags for owners to collect their pet's beach craps. Hopefully, pet owners pay attention to that "sign!"

Too much signage? Let the Park Service know.


In other windsurfing reporting news, its been a warm SW 6.0m windy weekend! If you are into soundside cruising under a bright sunny sky, this past weekend was the perfect setup. I caught a late afternoon/early evening ocean-side session at Coquina on Friday. There was a swell coming in; however, the tide was high during my sesh, killing the breaking wave on the outer bar. Friday was the final day of sizable surf on the east facing beaches, and through the remainder of the weekend, the ocean was basically flat. The water temp Friday was bone chilling hovering around 43 degrees, but by the end of the weekend, we were seeing 50 degree water out there. Sound-side the water is even warmer, approaching 60s in the shallows.

Spring is nearly here, and with the additional hour of daylight courtesy of Daylight Savings, those late afternoon/early evening SW ramp ups are now sailable! Hopefully, more reporting coming soon as we sail though March!

6 Comments:

At 7:02 AM, Blogger Spunner said...

Holly Crap! I can see a shredded sail if you ever lost your balance or got hit by a gust. Thats crazy!

 
At 8:43 AM, Blogger PeconicPuffin said...

We have that problem in some spots on Long Island...I think the signmaking department is afraid its budget will be cut if they don't keep finding reasons to put up new signs.

It's butt ugly.

 
At 2:40 PM, Blogger K3rM1t said...

I laughed at these very signs last year when I was at Jockey's Ridge! Great post!

If PeconicP is right, let's hope they don't start putting signs in the water!

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger Bill said...

I did receive an email from the Park Service noting that they are aware of the issue and agree with my assessment. A senior administrative change is also underway (current admin is retiring after 31 yrs), offering a fresh look at cases such as this.

Looks like good news to address the issue, as compared to simply compounding it by continuing "status quo" of "if a new public message is needed, lets add a new sign!"

Hopefully the single sign recommendation will be implemented with perhaps some extra space to update for future messages. Or heck, if they can go 21st century, perhaps a solar powered lcd sign which can be updated electronically?!

 
At 6:36 PM, Blogger b lorenz said...

all the signs drive me crazy...what are they thinkin?...a little common sense please....

 
At 9:07 PM, Anonymous lauren said...

Great Tesla song as well...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl-yWJjd6HA

 

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