When my parents took me on a cross country road trip to visit my grandfather’s subtropical condominium, I had no idea what to expect.
My sister and I had only been in our midwestern state and had been on short car road trips only.
We were told that we would see the ocean for the first time with our own eyes, having only seen the sea in movies and television shows. It was a phenomenal experience, especially since there was a small lagoon at the beach and a large sandbar on the other side. Now I have been living near the beach for decades and I still haven’t seen a lagoon like this form at any of our local beaches. I saw a starfish on that initial trip, as well as a jellyfish and several snook. One thing I remember well was all of the salt. Not only was it in the water, but it inevitably was in the air as well from being surrounded by the ocean. We had a large coastal waterway on the back side of the condominium giving us even more salty humidity. For years I have wondered how some of these buildings and structures are able to stand the test of time despite the unavoidable corrosion. I’ve seen some steel rebar that wouldn’t last five years of oceanic abuse, let alone decades. I didn’t realize that a lot of newer coastal buildings are utilizing new kinds of rebar tie wire that are resistant to corrosion. While stainless steel rebar has been used for bridges, overpasses, and tunnels in the past, now companies produce other options like PVC coated, galvanized, and black annealed rebar tie wire and double loop ties.