Remembrances of the Past, Concerns for the Future, and the Potential Resilience of a Southern Coastal Town

Remembrances of the Past, Concerns for the Future, and the Potential Resilience of a Southern... Essay .................... by Gavin Paul Smith Summers involved swimming, diving from channel markers, crabbing, fishing, seining for shrimp and bait fish, windsurfing, and sailing. We roamed the neighborhood on foot or bike as the small town was easy to navigate, going from one friend's house to another, stopping at common destinations along the way. Smith and friends standing on their handmade raft. All photographs courtesy of the author unless otherwise noted. atrina, Ike, and Sandy--are these extreme events the new normal? The emerging realities of a changing climate, as manifest in sea level rise and more intense storms, further exacerbate risk in ways that we are struggling to understand and prepare for. The associated challenges are particularly acute in the multitude of small communities that dot our southern coasts. Yet for those of us lucky enough to call these special places home, living here provides a rich source of memories and a unique quality of life that is inextricably linked to the environmental conditions that are most threatened. As threats mount to this way of life, what can be done to help such places, and the memories they hold for current and future generations, endure? In order to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Remembrances of the Past, Concerns for the Future, and the Potential Resilience of a Southern Coastal Town

Southern Cultures, Volume 22 (2) – Jun 11, 2016

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Essay .................... by Gavin Paul Smith Summers involved swimming, diving from channel markers, crabbing, fishing, seining for shrimp and bait fish, windsurfing, and sailing. We roamed the neighborhood on foot or bike as the small town was easy to navigate, going from one friend's house to another, stopping at common destinations along the way. Smith and friends standing on their handmade raft. All photographs courtesy of the author unless otherwise noted. atrina, Ike, and Sandy--are these extreme events the new normal? The emerging realities of a changing climate, as manifest in sea level rise and more intense storms, further exacerbate risk in ways that we are struggling to understand and prepare for. The associated challenges are particularly acute in the multitude of small communities that dot our southern coasts. Yet for those of us lucky enough to call these special places home, living here provides a rich source of memories and a unique quality of life that is inextricably linked to the environmental conditions that are most threatened. As threats mount to this way of life, what can be done to help such places, and the memories they hold for current and future generations, endure? In order to

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Published: Jun 11, 2016

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