Building back the Barrier Islands
Tue, 2016/03/29 - 5:00am News Staff
By Kari Dequine Harden
Nearly swallowed entirely by the sea prior to 2010, Shell Island West now stretches 1.3 miles on 277 acres, and is covered in thick mangroves and lush marsh, with a pristine sandy white beach facing out to the Gulf of Mexico. Porpoises play off its shores, and the mud is speckled with the footprints of birds, rabbits, raccoons, and the occasional coyote.