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Adventure with stingrays, hurricanes and hotels in Southwest Florida
By Barie Fez-Barringten
Friday, July 20, 2012

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Sunday morning, August 24, 2003, we arrived at the Wiggins pass beach and After paying our $4 entrance fee, parking on our favorite lot #4 and unloading the car, traipsing to our favorite spot and setting up the folding chairs. So I doned my dingy white hat and ancient brown frame totally out of fashion sunglasses left Christina and proceeded to enter the beautiful gulf. I noticed immediately that the water was much warmer and murkier than previous weekends but I proceeded.
I was not surprised as I looked at the sea to see dark spots and particularly one of to my right 3:00 o’clock and moving.

• The Brock Review http://www.brocku.ca/brockreview/index.php/brockreview/author Apr 28 2010 ID MM-DD Submit Sec Authors Title Status 139 01-30 ART Fez-Barringten Adventure with stingrays, Gulf, and hurricanes in... Awaiting assignment 1 - 1 of 1 Items Click here to start the submission process Adventure with stingrays, hurricanes and hotels in Southwest Florida The Photo shows the School of stingrays which appeared Wednesday, August 27, 2003 Naples Daily News A school of stingrays rests just off Naples beach, south of Naples Pier and north of Gordon Pass on Tuesday morning. Schools of hundreds of stingrays were also seen near the southern end of Keewaydin Island. Stingrays are not aggressive by nature and will often bury themselves in ankle-deep water. Beachgoers should shuffle their feet as they walk along the shoreline to let the stingrays know they're approaching. For anyone stung by a stingray, the preferred treatment is to place the affected limb into hot water and seek treatment at the local emergency room. Lisa Krantz/Staff Stingrays at Wiggins Pass Sunday morning, August 24, 2003, we arrived at the Wiggins pass beach and After paying our $4 entrance fee, parking on our favorite lot #4 and unloading the car, traipsing to our favorite spot and setting up the folding chairs. So I doned my dingy white hat and ancient brown frame totally out of fashion sunglasses left Christina and proceeded to enter the beautiful gulf. I noticed immediately that the water was much warmer and murkier than previous weekends but I proceeded. I was not surprised as I looked at the sea to see dark spots and particularly one of to my right 3:00 o’clock and moving. Suddenly I noticed it moving rapidly, and then I could see five winged stingrays in formation coming toward me and then veering sharply to there right and out to the horizon. I immediately shouted for the princess of all natural species on the planet to come immediately to identify what I just saw. She got up and came toward the shore line but I was well in the water so she was looking and assuring me that she saw a dark clump when all at once a stingray came within inches of where I was standing. She saw it as well and I came a shore and we both looked in dazzled amazement as a massive dark area started to come toward us as it neared we could see at least a hundred stingray each at about 24 inches in circumference and swishing there beautiful fleshly bodies propelling them selves in all directions but as a group purposeful from our left to right and down the beach toward Naples. Moments later we noticed another group, this one even larger in number and then another. The beach was almost deserted but we did notice two ladies with one pink inflated tube and another with a chartreuse string and they too noticed the stingrays and were commencing. I suddenly saw a smaller but larger group and it was headed toward them I signaled them and they backed onto shore. Then it seemed that the stingrays had gone on when another group appeared coming from Naples and heading up in the other direction. We began noticing that they were in pursuit of tiny fish, which were in profusion this morning. The number of all kinds of birds, sandpipers and gulls lined and flew were over three hundred. The number of birds increased and the numbers of dark masses of schools of sting rays increased. Finally Christina brought our two chairs to the water’s edge and we both sat and watched the groups of schools coming and going in threes and fours from north to south and then after a while back again. This lasted for about an hour and then we decided to go into the water in between the groups, as they were changing direction. We did this for several times followed by one or two other brave souls who had gathered on the beach. While Christina was in the water and I sitting on the chair watching and signaling her about on coming schools a bikini clad German lady approached and she to was amassed and sought my opinion about what we were witnessing. Just a half-hour prior to the above visit, a Hispanic lady sat near us on the water’s edge as we observed what was happing, and, we too had chatted. Somehow I just had gotten accustomed to there peaceful coming and goings and decided to go in while they were there and when I saw the next school approaching just stood there and sang to Jesus and the stingrays swarmed and streamed then veered to the left and right but never touching. Christina joined me and noticed them coming and veering. There were thousands. We noticed how the warm water and the tiny fish schools determined their paths and as the came so close to the stingrays and us the tiny fish to veered followed. After nearly a half-hour of this, we noticed the water-cooling, the number of birds increasing, and the tiny fish disappearing. I prematurely announced how the dark globs of stingrays were further out to sea and away from shore when suddenly another group came at us from the horizon toward the shore and almost wanted to come on land but veered back and down. Christina and I then resumed our swimming and then we went to our usual shower where little children who we welcomed joined us under the running water and we all showered. It was a wonderful day for which we are most grateful. In the summer of 2005, we saw a much smaller school of many baby stingrays following a much larger one. • 2004 summer of Hurricanes hitting Florida’s West and east coast and Panhandle. First Charley, then Francis, then Ivan and finally Jeanne. • For over a year we had up to nine sand Cranes and often two or three that would fly by over our house daily. We would see them together on the golf course, street and in the sky. • A White albino peacock appeared in our neighbors back yard. We learned that a flock of Peacocks live behind nearby Publix and this may be from that group. It lingered for many weeks and became the talk of Del Tura. • 2005: January 30, 2005 will live in memory as the fall of the Berlin wall when the Iraqi people voted for there congress. • June 28, 29 and 30 suspended for 3 days by Robert Stewart • October 24, 2005 after Hurricane Wilma I was able to enter Lee county development service building at 1500 Monroe throe the Monroe side employee only entry. After seeing that the power and computers were not working I tried to leave but found the door I entered world not open. I checked and every thing was closed so I called 911. After talking some time and holding fro the ladies various inquires it occurred to me that there was an exit at the bottom of a fire exit at the far end of the building. The 911 operator held while I checked and were both jubilant when I reported it was open. She was about to call the fire department and a co-worker if needed to open the door. She had called me back on my office phone to hear my message on the answering machine and found out that I was who I said I was, a government worker who needed help. After leaving her I once again since last year went to Winn Dixie and bout six packs of Ice and when I got home loaded them into the two giant coolers Christina bout last year. Fortunately, the power came on at 9:00 PM and the next day we were able to offer them to other DelTura residents whose power was not yet restored. LCEC is our supplier and we were one of the 35,500 homes restored and by October 25 67,500 remained without power. Christina was a security guard at the LCEC building in the late eighties. More than 6 million people in the state of Florida lost power. Our power went off in the height of Wilma at 6:00 AM Monday morning October 24. Since the weather got much cooler, no ac was needed but the cable for TV and internet was still not working by Tuesday October 25. March 4,5,2006 we attempted to celebrate our ruby fortieth wedding anniversary. T he first one from the time we were married by a justice of the peace in New Haven. Instead of celebrating on the correct day we decided to have a very expensive brunch in Naples at the Ritz Carlton. Saturday we would have dinner at the China Fuji. So on Saturday we went to the China Fuji and ordered drinks. However part and bill showed up and bought us drinks. Th next day we went to the Ritz but when we arrived I discovered I had left my wallet at home and the female Maitre’d Carroll was so nice but could not admit us. We drove home and on the way found that the Macaroni Grill had reopened after there fire last year,. That evening we went to the grill and it was so crowded that the receptionist had trouble seating us once then a second time. I called for the manager who then found us a seat. The waiter took our order and later another waitress brought us the wrong meals and returned them. I later explained to the waiter that it was our fortieth wedding anniversary and later the same manager returned and announced that the entire meal would be on the house but I should be kind to the waiter. So far I was having trouble celebrating our anniversary. So I decided to stay home from work the next day, Monday and we went to Perkins for breakfast. This time we were finally able to spend some money and have a wedding breakfast. It was a great celebration and in character with our forty years of marriage.

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