Monday, March 15, 2010
When the wind was buffeting me mercilessly on my bike ride I found shelter - thanks to Dellora.
I never met Dellora.
But in 1964 she and her husband, Lester, bought beachfront property here North of Naples and gave it to Collier County to be a nature park.
The thickets of mangroves are a perfect buffer from the wind. If my land were getting hit by a Katrina I would be glad to have mangroves between me and the hurricane!
Al and I had been here before. A year ago on a family vacation we had canoed down the Cocohatchee River for a picnic on this very beach. Oranges, as I remember. And maybe some nuts.
Today I ventured up the lookout tower to see the expanse of mangroves all around. Perfect spot for today's snack.
This was a gift from Dellora and her husband to the future - a little sanctuary of nature protected from the endless development of the Florida coast.
And maybe some day a lone biker will stop at the Steussy-Williams prairie and thank us for our gift to the future.