Monday, March 30, 2009

break out the robots

From time to time the local Stuart News newspaper presents an article which describes robotics activities in the region.

More about the canal section that moves water beneath Florida Street near the intersection with Johnson Street:

The canal section is short and shallow (which might justify a 'slough' terminology designation). The water, when it moves, flows from one large container-tube installation southward into a container-tube installation beneath Florida Street, where the flow disappears from line of sight and truly cannot be seen to emerge again anywhere nearby. Riverside Bank's multi-lane drive-though banking lanes cover it, and a walk along U. S. 1 where the bank is addressed shows that the Federal Highway and multiple businesses also cover so it is not visible -- which is where the robots should come in, to search the sections of sub-surface water-container-tubes.

One medical office ("Family and Preventive Medicine", the sign tells us, address and operator also listed in the local telephone directory) is addressed on the east side of the canal section, which has a non-fenced parking lot supported with concrete-block wall that also fronts the east bank (!!!???). This means that a person can step off the edge of the parking lot and plunge past a few trees into the canal. The business addressed on the other side of the visible water-section has no business-name publicly displayed, but does have a property-line hedgerow that separates the premises from the west bank (!!??) of the visible canal, with a significant amount of open, grassy space between hedgerow and canal waters.

There is a heavy-metal roadside barrier at the north side of Florida Street where the water recommences containment; however, there is a line of concrete to the edge of the understreet container-tube and a man has been seen fishing there (for what, possibly multiple items).

Birds love the canal-section, and it is observably a baby-fish place.

There is a Salvation Army Office and a Department of Justice Probation Office located in a small plaza on Johnson Street not far from the U. S. Post Office, which indicates the casework management of struggling people.

Where the water seems to disappear beneath a vast stretch of asphalt and concrete business-domain structures is a flashback place, to album theme Chic Corea, album titled 'Return to Forever', because anyone small who falls into the canal can conceivably never be seen again (whether floating on his/her back to prevent drowning or not).

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