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Bird Island tour marks long journey to preservation

By Julian MarchJulian.March@StarNewsOnline.com

Frank Nesmith remembers when water still separated Bird Island from Sunset Beach. Nesmith, the white-haired, straw hat-wearing island expert, built his nearby house in 1958. He gave a tour Thursday to about 25 residents and visitors, marking 10 years since the state began efforts to buy and preserve the island.

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