Shrinking Gilgo Beach

Parking Barriers Installed May 11th at Gilgo Beach

Not sure what and why this is happening. Guess it is about coronavirus control. Someone has decided that the beach is a problem and so I guess this is their answer. Open the beach but limit the parking. Estimate they blocked off 50% of the parking lot, about 175 parking spaces.

As of today, the Town of Babylon has blocked out all the parking spots east of the entrance. Not sure why they would use concrete barriers unless they are planning to limit the parking for a long time.

Would guess it cost at least 15 thousand dollars to do what they have done thus far. Had the Excavator towed here approximately 30 miles. Then 4 dump trucks hauled the barriers with 4 pickup trucks to assist. Total 10 trucks and men for the day plus whomever where on the other end loading the barriers.

Cuomo says June 6th latest date, have heard June 25th also. That is in a couple of weeks, so whats with the town installing barriers? Heard happening at Cedar Beach also. The state ocean beach parks are open, Tobay Beach is open. Guess we will find out in the coming weeks.

Osprey and Images

young osprey at gilgo beach

We have had a fly box at the east end of the Gilgo Marina for years where it helps control the green fly invasions each summer. A surprise this spring has been a young Osprey couple decided to build their nest there.

Ospreys have made a real comeback here on Long Island and guess that nesting areas are getting scarce. The nest was started the 1st week in April with the build going smoothly when a spring storm came up with gusty west winds and blew it away. They started a rebuild right away, but within days, another 30 mph west wind coming thru and shredded it again!

On April 12th, they came back for a third try. A determined couple of birds for sure. Decided to change the Gilgo Bay Cam to an Osprey Nest Cam on the 16th and got it running that day.

An unintended consequence of the Osprey Nest Cam is because the camera is at maximum zoom to get on the nest was not happy with the image quality so looked into software settings. The image quality and size was set up last decade when 20 kb meant something.

Decided to try full image and movie files uploads with no compression. Jpegs uploads went from 20 kb to 300 kb with the image not that much better. So reset sizing so image is bigger. Thought it looked better so reset image settings for the Ocean Surf Cam too. Will see if my ISP complains. So the birds brought a better picture of the waves for the gilgo beach surf cam, you never know.

Paddle Board for Sale

Walden SUP for Sale

Walden Epoxy Carbon Enigma 8’10” SUP for sale. $900 Call Peter @ 516-220-5630

8’10 long by 31″ wide by 4 11/16″ thick. 5 fin slots for multiple setups. 1 ding repair on flat portion of bottom.

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Becker Long Board For Sale

Becker UFO model for sale – $550. Call Peter @ 516-220-5630

Becker 9’4″ long board, UFO model fiberglass. Clean and in good condition. 9’4″ long x 23″ wide x 2 7/8″ thick.

Goodbye to Long Beach

Sold the condo in Long Beach so gilgo.com and or applesurf.com’s Long Beach Surf Cam is retired. Other Long Beach surf cams that can be checked include;

NYSEA featuring a live video from the Allegria Hotel at National Blvd.

The Surfers View website also provides a live video feed and a forecast, the surf cam displayed is the feed from Long Beach Surf Shop located on Main Street where you can get the same video with a local’s call on the forecast.

This photo of me was taken by photographer walking the beach back in 2007, had it up for 1 day and he called for an acknowledgement. I did not want to commercialize the site, so I took it down. If he sees this post, please send me link information. Hope all get waves, peter

Stormsurf

Seems like Swellinfo ongoing forecast issue is lingering. Looked around for alternative, found stormsurf.com.

Graphics are last decade, but the surf forecast and weather information is extensive. Mark Sponsier created the site back in 1998. He packed the site with information on how waves are created, tracked and forecasted.

The 5 day forecast for Gilgo is part of a broader New Jersey to New York forecast, but serves up some good info.

There is also a buoy forecast looking out 5 days that has couple of different reporting screens, here is Buoy 440025, 30 miles south of Islip.

Check out their Tutorial Page for some in depth explanations. Last, one odd situation is that the site is not https, site is still running in the clear.

gilgo.com mobile page debuts 7/7/17

Put up link on gilgo.com to mobile page with jpeg and the mov files.

The mov file actually works on iphones very well.

am working on weather and tide display.

Let me know if mov works on other phones please; email peter@gilgo.com

mov file does not seem to work on some computers and or browsers, just like on main gilgo in the last year or so, apple stopped support of quicktime mov files. on my mac, sometimes you do not even see the video frame, most just says not supported.

update 12/17, upgraded cam software to mp4 format, seems to work on many more computers.