I wrote this on Tuesday for Alabama Bloggers. And, since I have been completely busy AND unbelievably sleepy, (which equals no blogging time), I thought I’d try to sneak one past you guys and reprint something I wrote for somewhere else, hoping that some of you would maybe have not read it at Alabama Bloggers. Or maybe you did, but that you’d have mercy on me either way and show me some love.
Which, by the way, if you’re from Alabama (or even if you’re not) and haven’t been checking out Alabama Bloggers, you’ve missed some fun stuff this week! We have nearly 100 Alabama Bloggers already participating – don’t miss out on the fun!!! Be sure to stop by, link in, and say hi to all of your blogging neighbors!!
There is nothing I love better than going to the beach, and I especially love that I can go to the beach and still be loyal to my wonderful state at the same time.
However, Have you noticed that someone is a bit of a hog down there?
I mean COME ON – Florida has a completely three-sided peninsula with thousands of miles of coastline that is in both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, but they still HAD to come across Georgia and steal most of our beach too!?!?!?
Here’s the stats, as well as I could find with the help of Google:
Florida has over 2,200 miles of coastline.
Do you know how many miles Alabama has? 60.
Our border with Florida is over 150 miles long. If you figure in the curves and dips and squigglies of the coastline, that’s AT LEAST 200 miles of coastline.
Before our very eyes!
I can see Florida getting their slickest
Politician Salesman with the greasy hair and the fancy suit to come offer to do us a favor: “We want to be good neighbors. That land over there? The nasty sandy land? It’s eat up with crabs and sharks and hurricanes!! We’ll take the responsibility of that awful land so that you don’t have to suffer from all of those ailments.”
How do YOU think it happened?
And how can we take them back?
I know it CAN happen, because several years ago when the Perdido Bridge was built, Florida “gave” Alabama an extra mile or so if we agreed to build the bridge. So we ARE taking it back, one mile at a time!
At any rate, here’s my proposal, Florida. Take it or leave it (funny, I think I know the answer to that option).
(While we’re at it, maybe we can be good neighbors and retrieve Georgia’s for them as well.)
7 thoughts on “How Did Alabama Get the Short End of the Beach Stick?”
As long as Alabama doesn’t take Panama City Beach I’ll be fine.
Hahaha, that is interesting now that I think about it. I’ve often wondered how state lines get drawn. You’d think they would all be more like Colorado…a nice neat box, but instead they are all squiggly and weird…maybe the politicians really are trying to get all the good land!
I live in Oklahoma and after reading this I remembered hearing from my son that the reason we “own” the panhandle is because Colorado and Texas didn’t want it.
According to my engineer husband, who apparently had to study this in his time at UAB… Alabama was supposed to come relatively straight down the east and west boundary, but some mapping schmuck way back in the day mismeasured. If you look at maps of the MS Territory prior to statehood in 1819, it shows where we should have beaches — basically as far east as the Georgia line. Certainly someone more saavy than me can search out the guy's name and hold his family financially accountable for this gross oversight…. sorry the post is more nerdy than funny. I will try to contain my geeky-ness next time. :) –Julie
Ya know while I am neither a Floridian or Alabaman, this coastline thing always seemed plainly wrong to me. I would like to see the state of Alabama maybe it’s college alumni step up, Alabama’s come on now you can do this,get yourselves an expanded coastline.Your time has come to get it done so ,good luck an get going.
when the land from the Louisiana purchase was acquired, the coastal areas you are talking about went to Mississippi and Alabama. Unfortunately, that parcel only went as far East as the Perdito river. At that time, the Spanish had control from the Perdito river, East along the coast.
The time to have straightened these lines would have been when we rid ourselves of the Spanish.
Well, Mexicans speak spanish and there are a lot of them in the area now. Maybe they can straighten this out once they take over all the state governments.