Gulf Breeze Incident: Steady stream of UFO sightings started on November 11, 1987by Cherlyn Gardner Strong on Nov. 11, 2010, under UFOs
On November 11, 1987, Ed Walters began snapping photos of objects in the skies above Gulf Breeze, Florida. During the three weeks that followed, Walters reported and documented a series of UFO sightings.
One of the things that struck people as unusual about the photos, was the clarity of the objects photographed and the frequency in which Walters captured them. Walters’ sightings caused others to look toward the sky, which caused a great wave of UFO sightings that some claim haven’t stopped since 1987. The ‘UFO flap’ of Gulf Breeze did bring more than 200 people forward with UFO reports during a three-year period.
Walters’ sightings have generated good deal of skepticism over the years, though. The discovery of a ‘UFO’ model in a house where Walters once lived, since turned the majority of believers into skeptics, related to this particular case.
The case also turned UFO researchers against each other through publicized clashes.
Jerry Black, a Cincinnati-based UFO investigator, didn’t buy Ed Walters’ story. Black followed the money and drew some interesting conclusions. He alleged a lack of ethics demonstrated by MUFON and, in particular, UFO researcher Bruce MacCabee, for profiting from the case. A 2003 interview of Jerry Black by UFO researcher Kenny Young outlines the reasons for the allegations. MacCabee shot back in an open letter, in response to the allegations.
The UFO community mourned the passings of Kenny Young in 2005 and Jerry Black in 2009. The Gulf Breeze UFO Incident, whether it was a hoax or not, continues to live on.