We went to sleep Thursday night with the sound of wind whistling and howling through the palms and scattering our lawn furniture and garbage cans down Island streets. We awoke Friday morning to the otherworldly ethereal sounds of a gentler breeze rattling ice in the palms. It’s a sound we don’t hear often on our Island.
Mother Nature once again reminded us who’s in charge and stranded us on our Island by placing ice on our Island umbilical cord otherwise known as the H.E.B. Causeway. The causeway was closed Friday leaving several hundred people stranded on the Bluff side and those on The Island side with no way off since the Port A ferry was also closed. The original decision was to keep the causeway closed until noon Saturday but a people’s revolt got that decision rethought.
We had a few power outages but not as many as might have happened. All in all it was pretty painless as ice storms go.
Don’t forget that the Second Annual Barefoot Mardi Gras Parade and Party is coming up in a few weeks. So the story on this page for more details. Tickets for the dinner are limited so get yours early.
This issue is dedicated to longtime Islander and founder of the Island Moon Mike Ellis who passed away late last month. For more on Mike see the stories in this issue. A memorial for him was held in a packed house at the Holiday Inn. There are currently efforts underway to name the seawall and the beach in front of it in honor of Mike. Islander Dave Yonke is heading the effort on the seawall and he needs the support of all residents and property owners there since they are the legal owners of the seawall. If you can help please contact Dave.
We are also attempting to get the seawall beach named for Mike and council woman Chris Adler is moving forward to put the matter before City Council. We will keep you informed.
Mike was much beloved on his Island and had been battling health issues for several years. His good nature and keen sense of humor made him a friend to everyone. He can never be replaced but will always be remembered. He would have loved to see the way his fellow Islanders turned out for his memorial. He is missed already.
And as Mike would say…say hello if you see us Around The Island.