Tropicial Storm Debby

Tropicial Storm Debby

I am just getting back to normal after TS Debby. Let me tell you it was a real humdinger of a storm. The storm sat in one place for what seemed like years. I felt bad for Lori and her family who were here the whole week and I could not get them out on the water. The water was extremely high and rough for days. I was off the water for 7 long days.  My first day back on the water felt so good. The sunrise was amazing and my old friend the Frigate bird gave me a fly by on my way to Cayo. The beach has changed a lot from the storm. I am still getting used to how the driftwood looks. It feels like I am in a foreign land, with only one tree to let me know that I am not in a foreign land. I haven’t taken any photos of this spot yet. Honestly, I haven’t wanted to. I still need to get a grip on the new landscape. The shells have been excellent! I am seeing shells I haven’t seen for a while. Cool finds for me after the storm were a large zig zag scallop (flat shell), nutmegs, worms, a little horse conch, banded tulips, a key hole limpet and a unique piece of coral. The beauty of the islands is that they are always changing, right in front of our eyes. Weather you see it or not is another story.

Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

  • Roxanne Reinhart
    Posted at 02:08h, 06 July

    I hate hearing the drift trees have changed. I loved them…insert sad face here…..

  • Kaybe
    Posted at 05:08h, 06 July

    Wow! A whole week off. Good time to catch up on the honey-do list 😀
    If you are missing the trees Stump Pass still has plenty for you but the renourishment from the dredging 2 years ago is gone. 80% of the pass is shoaled up. Blind Pass Beach (the sharks tooth beach) has new tidal pools that everybody are loving for the shells & sharks teeth caught in the low tides.
    Who knows maybe the next storm will rearrange it all again.

  • Lori WHite
    Posted at 21:58h, 06 July


    Thanks for mentioning us in your post! We were really disappointed we couldn't go out with you on your boat, but we're there several times a year so we'll plan it again! We ended going out with Captive Cruises on Thursday and found lots of wormies and coral pieces. The landscape has really changed! I got home and compared my pics to our last visit and WOW!

    I'll be in touch for our next visit and thanks again. I hope your back is okay!


  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 21:58h, 06 July

    Are you talking about the beautiful driftwood trees at the south/eastern tip of cayo? Say it ain't so!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 23:10h, 06 July

    Yes the driftwood on the south end got rearranged.