I visited Sanibel Lighthouse on the west coast of Florida the day of the Capitol Riot. I was unaware of the chaos in DC while walking the peaceful shores of Sanibel. I was thousands of miles away mentally and physically.
I was baffled by Sanibel’s tiny shoreline and the abundance of signs about mangroves along the beach. This obsession with mangroves surprised me. I decided to investigate. According to the City of Sanibel's website, the regulation of the trimming and alteration of the island’s mangroves delegated to by the State of Florida.
I also discovered how mangroves help protect Florida’s coastline by preventing erosion and absorbing storm surge during hurricanes. They improve water quality by filtering out harmful carbon monoxide and greenhouse gases.
Mangroves are Florida’s superheroes.
“They remind us of our inner strength and courage during times of struggle and upheaval. They signal our ability to remain stable and calm in the presence of adversity by ‘shoring up’ our resources.”
When I am not traveling to or painting lighthouses, I am writing or researching lighthouses.