After hurricane Irene comes by and does her damage to the east coast, one thought to make you smile is that possibly the seashells washed ashore will offer a nice variety.
The churning ocean water will most likely dredge up some empty shells (and other things) and deposit them along the beaches. Even in Florida, where Irene won’t be felt as much, you may have some good pickin’s along the coast.
Nobody wants a hurricane to blow by, but if we have to look for the silver lining, think about shelling once the threat has passed. Before you head to the beach, be sure it’s safe as there will most likely be lots of debris on the beach and in the water.