Where's the Beach?
Maine was spared heavy snows this past winter, but storms nevertheless took a toll on beaches, stripping as much as three feet of sand from popular strands in Scarborough, South Portland and Cape Elizabeth. Especially hard hit was Higgins Beach, where a stretch of peat - the remains of a marsh that covered the area thousands of years ago - has been exposed. "We do expect that the natural recovery cycle of beaches, which brings sand to shore in the summer, will begin any time now once the winter storm season is over," Steve Dickson, a marine geologist with the Maine Geological Survey told The Current. "But we will expect to have slightly narrower dry beaches for the recreation season this summer."