On Singer Island this morning, the pros and cons of Hurricane Matthew played out on the causeway just east of Phil Foster Park.
The cons: Someone’s 30-ft. sailboat tore away form a dock and crashed on the rocks on the north side of the causeway, attracting dozens of onlookers.
The pros: About 50 feet east of the sailboat, a dozen fisherman were reeling in snapper and jack – courtesy of Matthew’s winds.
Alex Batista of West Palm Beach tiptoed around dozens of jack he’d hauled in, some of them wiggling around on the pavement, to show off his prize catches. He opened a cooler and showed off about 10 snapper.
He plans to give the jack to his friends and neighbors later today. “The snapper I’m keeping for me.’’
If a storm blows in from the west, the chances of catching prime fish are not very good, he said.
“When a storm blows in from the east, that’s good for fishing. Matthew brought them in because he blew in from the east.’’
The sailboat attracted enough onlookers that some people stopped their car on the right-hand westbound lane to the Singer Island Bridge. Riviera Beach police showed up and ordered those people to move their cars.
The owner of the sailboat was not around but a man who said he knew the owner was on a cellphone reporting the damage.
One onlooker, Kevin Cusati, was hoping the damage might prompt the owner to get rid of the boat. “Hey, if you find him tell him I want to buy some of the parts. I want that mast.’’
The sailboat appeared to be the worst damage seen on a drive along the Intracoastal Waterway from Lake Worth to Singer Island. Many roads were littered with fallen limbs and palm fronds, but people were out walking their dogs and jogging.