ross witham beach
ross witham beach is located at the gilbert's bar house of refuge on hutchinson island. ross withham beach has an exposed section of the anastasia formation. the anastasia formation begins near st. augustine to the north along the atlantic coast to palm beach county to the south. the anastasia formation was created during the pleistocene period. this ancient formation is fragmented mollusk shells and sand cemented by sparry calcite. ross witham beach is one of a few locations in the state of florida were you can see this geological formation.
Frances & Jeanne - continued
"Down Every Street"
Well before we reached the bridge, a glance down any residential street revealed pile after pile of curbside debris. Photographs can’t convey the huge extent of the damage - and I was seeing it a couple of weeks later, when much cleanup had already been done!
Here a new pond was formed by flood waters that had yet to fully receed.
Cynthia was almost afraid to look down this street, and tears came to her eyes when she saw these locally beloved Banyan Trees with all of their branches hacked away to clear the power lines and streets.
"Dock Wreckage Debris Piles"
As we approached the waterfront, I began to see the wreckage of docks in the debris piles.
Crossing the bridge, I looked back to see the ruined docks & empty pilings in front of virtually every waterfront home.
"Picnic Spot Gone"
What used to be a fun waterview picnic spot along the bridge road over the Indian River has been almost completely wiped away by the storm surges.
And oddly, this beached boat looked to be undamaged, just lifted & deposited on the bridgeway sands.
Up till now, most of the ruined trees I’d seen had been taller trees, either toppled by the winds or snapped off higher up, with limbs flung every which way. But now we were on Hutchinson Island, and I was seeing small brushy ground-hugging trees & shrubs uprooted. It gave me a cold chill to think what this spot must’ve been like in the thick of either storm.