As I write this, we’re thick in the middle of fog season.
There’s a certain poetry and mystique in a dense, blanketing sea fog. I rarely tire of seeing a ship shrouded by fog, a wooden pier disappearing into a gossamer gloom or the surprising pink of a roseate spoonbill in the low-hung clouds.
Still, by early February, I was longing for a yellow sun to pierce through the haze.
But I was consoled that fog season is as much part of living on the Texas coast as palms trees and pelicans. It’s all part of our environment.
In this issue, Coast Monthly celebrates that coastal environment and the people who strive to protect it.
As you’ll read in these pages, the economy and the environment can, for the most part, peacefully coexist when hard-working people put their minds to it.
Tourists will always come here for the beaches, the seafood and the historic architecture. But increasingly, they’re flocking here by the thousands for the natural beauty, the birding and the fishing.
Overseers of tourism in Galveston, along with preservationists across the county and in the Clear Lake area, understand the value of nature tourism and are working to sustain the momentum.
In hazier days, it always seemed to come down to preservation versus economic opportunity. But this is a different age, when even young locals, some who you’ll meet in this issue, invest their time and creativity in preserving what we have and love to share with others.
Perhaps, the fog is lifting.