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Being neighborly still should be island’s way | Letters | Nov. 19

Last week there was a wonderful letter to the editor from Karen Gerstenberger (“Bainbridge’s idyllic past seems to have been lost”) about walking Bainbridge’s beaches and the island’s idyllic past. I too am a beach walker and I am well on my way to completing a circumnavigation of the island in segments.

I like to save these walks for stormy winter days when the woods are dark and gloomy, but the beaches have a bright wild aspect with birds, waves and sea life. I am puzzled by the folks who can’t stand their neighbors walking past on “their” beach.

For 23 years I lived near Point White Dock. I frankly loved to see the families and the children of the island enjoying the dock, and from time to time spilling over on our “private beach.”

Now I live near Lytle Road at the end of the beach. This summer I found one community amenity was moms and kids with water wings trudging by my place to the beach. This and other road ends being among the few places where families from the interior of the island can swim and build sand castles.

So as a former beach “owner,” here is a little appeal to other beach owners: How about letting folks who are walking by below the high-tide line, and are making an “innocent passage” (no camping, calm digging or fire building) be? You might just find that these folks enrich rather than detract from you enjoying being part of the Bainbridge community.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this community decided without fuss to treat our neighbors like neighbors and enjoy seeing them and their kids enjoying the water and beaches of our beautiful island?

Steve Johnson

Lytle Road

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