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Old 09-09-2017, 03:38 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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There is so much talk of the East and West Coast, and also the "coastal elite" or "which coast do you like better" and it sounds like many people either overlook the Gulf Coast or don't consider it to be a real coast. I wonder why this is, given that the Gulf of Mexico is an arm of the Atlantic and the coast plays a major role in our culture and economy whether its Louisiana's world famous seafood (crabs, oysters are excellent even if crawfish and catfish are freshwater), offshore oil drilling, major ports like New Orleans, Mobile, Houston, Galveston, and even the hurricane risks. We also have very popular beaches like Biloxi, Galveston, South Padre, etc and a big beach culture.

Some people even refer to the Great Lakes as the "third coast". I've read an article where a journalist is in South Louisiana and writing about how there is a disconnect between people in Cajun country and voters "on the coasts" and they obviously don't mean the voters in Grand Isle, Biloxi, or Beaumont.
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Old 09-09-2017, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Having lived on the East coast and now in Texas, the Gulf of Mexico is indeed a coast - just a little different than the major oceans. It has sand, surf, dunes, vacation homes and all the other aspects of a coastal location.
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Old 09-09-2017, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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I never once in my life heard of this "coastal elite" bull before joining this forum. But it's mentioned here all the time. I've lived on the coast all my life and AFAIK normal people here on the coast don't think like that.

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Old 09-09-2017, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Well yeah, the Gulf of Mexico is like the Caribbean Sea, it is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. It's apart of the ocean, I don't really see how on Earth this is even a real question.



Maybe people need to consult a map. Or perhaps go back to school and learn these things. (Not meant to be directed at you Tom Lennox 70) It is like asking if the Appalachian Mountains are real mountains when you compare it to the Rockies, Andes, and Alps. Yes, yes it is. Or like asking if the Mediterranean Sea is a real ocean and/or coast. Yes, yes it is.
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Old 09-09-2017, 05:23 PM
 
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I never once in my life heard of this "coastal elite" bull before joining this forum. But it's mentioned here all the time. I've lived on the coast all my life and AFAIK normal people here on the coast don't think like that.
You know what the reference is??? How those of the elite East Coast New Yorkers thru wealthy areas to Boston too. Especially Manhattan and Hampton's for examples ..... saw ALL between NYC and LA as flyover. Same for all between NYC and Coastal Florida
Using the -coastal term - denoted west, northeast and Florida. The Jet-Set of that era. Today even Bi-Coastal used .... though today a term -coastal elites- is used less derogatorily toward other regions. Much of the Midwest, Appalachia of course is still flyover .... Chicago I'd say excluded from flyover largely today and the rise of sunbelt cities but for the deep south less flyover. It was very much a fact back in a day ....

Think the blue-blood elite that were on the Titanic 1st class LOL. Your bloodline to the Mayflower. Overall a more outdated term.
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Having lived on the East coast and now in Texas, the Gulf of Mexico is indeed a coast - just a little different than the major oceans. It has sand, surf, dunes, vacation homes and all the other aspects of a coastal location.
Of course the Gulf coast is a real coast that is entirely open into the Full Atlantic ocean. The gulf gets hurricanes that come in from the Atlantic. It is the same....

Same can be said of the shores of the Great Lakes (though no one claims they are the ocean). They still have sandy beaches, surf rolling ashore, Sand Dunes (especially Northwest Indiana with the Sand Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park) and resort communities. Parts of the Great Lakes coastline are great Cliffs especially along Lake Superior and plenty of beaches along its shores.

Anyone flying above the these Lakes would clearly see them looking as a ocean. Many a flights to Chicago fly up the Chicago coastline before turning inland to land at O'Hare ....you get views that are no little lake of water LOL. Though the city had to recreate a new shoreline man did not originally protect. You see no other side to its eastern shores even 100-stories up in a skyscraper.

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Old 09-09-2017, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Only someone trolling to get a reaction out of others would not consider it to be a big deal. There's absolutely no reason to not consider it a major coast, and outside Wikipedia I've never even heard anyone refer to it as the "Third Coast."
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Old 09-09-2017, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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I never once in my life heard of this "coastal elite" bull before joining this forum. But it's mentioned here all the time. I've lived on the coast all my life and AFAIK normal people here on the coast don't think like that.
No. East coasters look down upon the flyover country.
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Old 09-09-2017, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I consider it a coast. I didn't know anyone didn't. Here in Texas, I've seen the term "third coast" in the names of businesses. Before this thread, I didn't know anyone thought of the Great Lakes as the third coast. I guess it's a regional thing.
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Old 09-09-2017, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Big Bayou
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Saying that the Gulf Coast isn't a real coast is like saying that Australia has no north or south coast because it is all just in the Pacific. So, a country surrounded by water only has an east and west coast? The US has ocean on three sides. Of course the Gulf Coast is a real coast...
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Old 09-09-2017, 08:50 PM
 
Location: USA
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If the Gulf coast isn't a coast, then WTH is it? A lakeshore?
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