There was a full-service marina, which attracted boaters from all over the world. Sometimes
In addition to the marina, there was a motel, a restaurant, a lounge, a swimming pool, and
The great thing about the Islander was they allowed locals to purchase pool memberships. For people who
Above is the entrance to the restaurant (left), the motel (background) and a boat slip (that section in between the row of poles on the right and the next row of poles--now filled in with sand). That isn't just any boat slip, let me tell you. That particular boat slip always housed The Biggest Yacht You've Ever Seen--slick, sleek and loaded with every possible gizmo and gadget imaginable, though I never saw people aboard. That primo spot assured the
invisible passengers an easy stroll to the pool and other amenities. The slip used to be deep - plenty deep to accommodate such a huge boat.
Now, after so many storms, including a hurricane (Isabel), a tropical storm (Ernesto), a hurricaneaster (Ida, which "they" say was a nor'easter but I say was a hurricane), and countless other storms, the Islander has lost all of its former glory, and the premier boat slip for The Biggest Yacht Ever is nothing more than a small beach.
Below is a shot of the spot where boaters convened to admire the Islander's fireworks every July 4th.
(OK, really it was intended to be a shot of an osprey at sunset, but that didn't work out so well. So only a part of the body of water is shown here. This
painful superfluous aside is now over.)
In fact, most of my best summer--and life-- memories involve the Islander.
I miss her.
p.s. On my desk I have a brochure for the Islander from back in her heyday. Guess whose picture is inside? But that's a whole 'nother story for a whole 'nother day.
Do you have any Islander stories?
Do you have fond summer memories of a place you spent in your youth?
Do you have ties to the film industry so we can begin work on the movie that is just begging to be produced about the Islander?