Views of the Neighborhood – The Fence

Some of you may recall on one of my tours there was a fence covered with numerous objects found on the beach. Hurricane Harvey took it and there was not enough left to take a photo.Fence Art - Port Aransas

I did have a photo of the original.

hurricane fence

I am pleased to report that the fence has been rebuilt.


Here is a shot of the one corner. The items on the new fence have for the most part been donated by residents.

Here is a longer view. That orange plastic thing on the right is a utility connection. The cover is gone, and the city ran out, and the plastic is temporary.

A close up of some of the items.

Another shot.

Pails, flip-flops, sand molds, a rake, and other trinkets that seem insignificant make up the inventory.

I love that shark shovel and the frog.

hurricane fence

Here is a photo of a piece of the original fence and the new.

A small poem.

Insignificant by John W. Howell © 2108

A fence of trinkets,

Not important to FEMA . . .

Rebuilt from the heart.

I hope you liked this essay on community spirit.



  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    Oh my, this is one of my favorite posts. Your photos both capture the community spirit and provide an invaluable time capsule of treasures for residents. How beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

    1. Thank you for the lovely words, Gwen. 😀

  2. The new fence is a big improvement over the old one. I think it needed replacing. Good pictures, John. I wonder where the things from the original fence blew. 😀 — Suzanne

    1. Where they are no one knows. Thanks, Suzanne.

  3. I really like the poem and the spirit in your community, John. Also, it appears beach digging equipment has improved since our daughter was a child. Dang, I wish I had some of those shovels when I was a kid. I could have made it to China.

    1. I know right? They probably have back-up tones too. Thanks, Dan

  4. Great to see its back. Do they keep adding to it?

    1. I think so. They did to the original. We’ll see.

      1. Hope so. Looks like a fun hobby/display.

      2. Yup. The fun part is when people put up stuff from the beach.

  5. What wonder tokens to remember the past.

  6. This is heartwarming, John. Lovely story!

  7. This post made me so happy. Thank you for sharing with us, John. Happy Sunday!

    1. Happy Sunday to you, Jill *sung to the tune of Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith. (forgot yesterday 🙂 )

      1. LOL! Great song…thanks! 🙂

  8. It’s things like this fence that really give a sense of place. The original concept was great, and the restoration — not only of the fence, but of its decorations — is wonderful. It did occur to me that my beach toys wouldn’t attach so easily. My pail, shovel, and rake all were metal, in those pre-plastic days.

    1. Thank you. I loved the pre-plastic beach toys.

  9. Nicely done, good sir – poetry and photography! One more proof of the resilience of the people of Port Aransas.

      1. You’re welcome, good sir.

  10. Reblogged this on Jan Hawke INKorporated and commented:
    Heartwarming inspiration on the continuing theme of resurrection from the devastation of Harvey down in the Gulf of Texas.

    1. Thank you for the reblog, Jan

  11. Love it, John! This is very cool. The original fence showed a great sense of humor from your communtity. The new one ilustrates its spirit and strength, despite the loss of so much during the hurricane.
    I love the shark shovel too 🙂

    1. Thank you, Evelyne. We do have a sense of humor.

  12. The hurricane may have taken a lot of whatever was in its path, but it didn’t take the spirit nor the generous enthusiasm of the community of Port Aransas.

    1. Thank you, Michelle.

  13. Another fine example of the spirit of the residents in Port Aransas!

  14. You know, John, I can see Harvey’s taking of the original fence as a blessing of sorts. I mean, golly, look at how FRESH the new one is when compared to the old! And I’m with you on the shark shovel!!

  15. jhawker1969 · ·

    Some fences are NOT barriers.

    1. No they open the heart. Thanks, Ron

  16. Love the message of your poetry – not important to FEMA but important to the spirit! Cheers for the fence!

  17. I guess they only put the cute things on the fence!!!!!!!!! Very very special!

    1. Very cute things. No underwear.

  18. Unique and colorful. What will they think of next? I’m impressed. What will they think of next? Enjoyed this, John. Thanks.

    1. I’m glad Tess. Thanks. 😀

  19. So fun and colorful! My favorite is the shark shovel.

  20. Port A is such a wonderful community, John. And courageous, to face a hurricane and rebuild. That fence sure took a beating. It’s a fun thing, and I’m glad to see it return.
    Yes, loved the shark shovel. The “flower” made from mini shovels is cute too. Thanks for another super Sunday stroll… even if I didn’t get here until Monday. Hugs.

    1. The nice thing about posting is you can visit any time. I’m glad you enjoyed the stroll. 🙂

  21. What an original idea … and cheers to the residents for allowing it to live on!

    1. I know right? I was surprised to see it back. Glad others enjoyed it too. 😀

  22. Beautiful, the fence and the sentiment!

    1. Thank you, Brenda.

  23. I love it! What a wonderful idea for that lost and left behind beachy stuff. I love that shark shovel!

  24. What a great fence that is, John. I love the colours contained in it. I think anybody would be happy walking past that fence. It would certainly brighten up a dull day. I hope the idea takes off.

    1. Thanks, Hugh. 😀

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