Along the Beach
The beachfront property along here was probably among the most valuable land in Mississippi.  Granted, we are talking about Mississippi, of course, but still.  I have no idea what it's worth these days.


The beach looks pretty calm now, doesn't it?

I don't think I would liked to have been around for the forces that worked on the boardwalk.

Or this.

How about that row of nails sticking up where the board used to be?  A lot of these were held in place by half-inch thick bolts that aren't there any longer either.


This is what's left of one beachfront home.  It's a lot more than there still is of many around here.

Another view.

This is the neighbor's house.  It was built buy the guy who made the Emperor's new clothes.

Actually, there aren't a whole hell of a lot of houses for quite a ways along here.  You're looking two streets over from the beach before you see any still standing.

This is the tallest man-made structure left on this part of the block.

Here's the rubble from another lot down the street viewed from the top of the steps.

This is a look back at the ruined two-story shown earlier.

This hotel was under heavy restoration when I passed by (Sorry it's backlit, but it was a pretty shot).

About a third of the structures that were still standing were under construction like this.


On the other hand, there were places like this apartment complex.

A lot of people lost their shirt in Katrina.

Another view.

Looking straight up (what's left of) the complex.

In case you aren't any good at Wheel of Fortune, this used to be a Waffle House sign, one of many I ran across down the length of the beach.  They and IHOP were popular restaurants around this motel/hotel-rich area on account of the fact they were open all night for hotel guests, late-night swimmers, and gambling addicts from the casinos that have since been washed out to sea.

It's still a nice place to visit, although if you lived here sixteen months ago, you probably don't live here anymore.

Alexplored 12/27/06, sixteen months after Hurricane Katrina.
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