I find myself dismayed by the recent argument in Ocean Ridge about the temporary closure of the Anna and Edith streets beach crossovers. Nearby residents, largely from Hudson Avenue, expressed their anger about the closures at the December Town Commission meeting, and it was shocking to witness the utter lack of sympathy for people who are their neighbors and whose properties were deemed to be in imminent danger of collapse.
Rest assured that the residents now constructing seawalls to save their properties from the encroaching Atlantic Ocean would probably prefer their beach to be enormously wide and the ocean to be nothing but calm, which would save them hundreds of thousands of dollars, but such luck has not come their way. Instead, they are spending a fortune to save their homes and benefit the town at the same time by extending the seawall to protect the crossovers as well.
The neighborliness with which the project is being executed seems exemplary, but there was little shown in return. Those who made public comments are likely to say they support the project but not the closures; despite being a bit contradictory, it is likely a genuine sentiment from some.
But the vitriol from residents claiming the houses looked fine to their eyes, and the project was too much an inconvenience for them, was outrageous.
Consider the four months (now half over) of walking or cycling an extra third of a mile to the still-open Corinne Street beach crossover — a heart healthy choice — and remember to thank your neighbors for footing the bill to protect the Anna and Edith streets crossovers come hurricane season.