Dauphin Island (including the West End)
Currently, the island has a dual character.
The East End and middle of the island have the ambiance of a delightful
little fishing village. It is prized for its marinas and quick
access to fishing and boating. Its quiet residential lanes, shaded
by spectacular pines and tucked behind soaring dunes are a singular joy
to residents and visitors alike. The East End boasts the historic
Fort Gaines, the Sea Lab, the Audubon Bird Sanctuary, a golf course and
East End Marina
The West End tends to attract more beachgoers, and lovers of an ocean
view. Most beach types prefer to live in or rent housing directly
on (or within easy walking distance to)...the beach!
If the West End is completely washed away (a not-so-hypothetical
catastrophic event), beachgoer types would not be able to buy or rent
lodging right on the beach. If they wanted to live or rent on the
island, their only choice would be the inland parts, which means driving
to whatever remained of the public beach, unloading gear, trudging across a parking lot, and not
having easy walking access back to the house to get something they might
have left at home.
Beachgoer types like to be where they can see the waves, hear the waves,
walk to the beach, and let their children walk to the beach without the
kids leaving their sight. These are people who enjoy strolling
down a multi-mile-long stretch of sugar white sand, looking for shells,
digging their toes in the tidal pools, and watching a spectacular sunset
over the water from their own deck.
West End Sunset
If there was no West End, there would be very little ocean view
beachfront property where one could live or rent. In which case,
Dauphin Island would become more of a fishing and boating recreation
spot. Far fewer beachgoer types would visit or buy property
there. This would greatly impact island revenue from beachgoer tourism and
property taxes, but it would also limit our choices.
Don't we all like having choices?
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