Blessing of the Fleet

bird 2 in the neighborhood

This is how my morning started ~ soooo, you know it’s going to be a good day…
I just happened to have my camera sitting in my seat, so I got this picture of Mr. Big Bird at my neighbors house just minding his own business.
CongregationThen after I picked the girls up from school, we ran down to the harbor to see the begining of the blessing of the fleet.  This was the 53rd year of carrying on this tradition but this year was different, hundreds gathered to pray for the future of fishing in Destin on Thursday afternoon as the ever-expanding oil slick loomed in the Gulf of Mexico.  This is a community of prayer, when things are out of control they pull together and this is just another example of the community we call home.
Florida Girls being blessed
Kids watching crabs 2
The boats go by… one by one and they get blessed.  The kids play and then there is a fish fry.  It is simple, it is fun and it is tradition.
Look what the girls found off the docks…they put him safely back…
Morgan looking in the water
Destin Charter Service
Bird in the sunset
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More time or less protection?

Local captains placing booms to protect our beaches.
Local boat captains placing booms in an  attempt to protect our beaches.
Local waterways may face the threat of the BP oil spill with less protection than first expected.

Okaloosa County Public Safety Director Dino Villani said the Department of Environmental Protection determined Pensacola’s need for the booms to be greater than Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties and will not provide as many booms as he had expected.

The cleanup is still under the unified command of the Coast Guard and BP, LLC. Cleaning efforts were suspended Sunday because of the weather but the command reviewed the trajectory of the spill and announced the placement of additional booms.

My fear is they obviously do not have limitless supplies of these booms and they are attempting to mitigate damages in what they feel to be the larger populated areas.  We have not received any real updates of any magnitude for quite some time.