Sunday, January 13, 2008
Point Monroe, at the northeastern tip of Bainbridge Island, is a poster child of a developed barrier beach. It looks more like a causeway than the recurved spit that it is. One need only show an aerial photo and say "sea level rise" and everyone gets the point. It is the northernmost end of a larger barrier that begins a mile south and that includes Fay Bainbridge State Park.
Point Monroe was hammered by the back-to-back northerlies of December 1990. I suppose it will be hammered again - much more frequently when sea level is a foot higher.