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Oak Island Trespasser?
Reader Opinion: Oak Island
July 7, 2012 - Oak Island, NC - Sad news today from my
favorite place in the world. Oak Island. I love you so
much. Your creeks and your shrimp. Your markets and your
foxes. Your tides and your beautiful sound. I have so
many memories of your waters and your sands. Nowhere
else on earth has been constant for my entire life. From
the south, to the west coast, to New England, I know
many beaches, but Long Beach has been my family's
stomping ground since long before my time.
Unable to join them for the Fourth of July, I was eager
to hear the joys of Oak Island's charming casualty and
southern American patriotism. I miss the old pier, and
those old-timers that considered it's many
reconstructions sacred ground. I am horrified by the
report from a holiday broken by an un-named newcomer to
our paradise. A neighbor that knows nothing of the kites
that I've flown, or the boomerangs that I've thrown on
his once beautiful piece of land.
Ok, I'll get to the point. My step-father fell off his
paddle-board in the sound the other day, and was unable
to climb aboard again without slicing his feet open on
the oyster shells below. He could have swam the fifty
yards to our dock, but he was much closer to our
neighbor's, and that was his best option at the time.
Soon, he was once again enjoying his fourth of July,
happy as a clam.
Two hours later, there was a knock at the door. Someone
was very upset about the abuse that his dock had
recently endured. My mother was speechless. A "no
trespassing" sign was displayed that same afternoon.
Yes, we all want our space, that's reasonable, but we
want others to enjoy it too. That is why we bring our
friends to Long Beach. Because it is so spectacular.
That is why we don't complain when people build houses
within an arm's reach of our own. That is why you can
always find a friend and a helping hand on our dock if
you need it. I don't want my niece or nephew to be
scared of people at Long Beach. I want them to know the
Oak Island that I once knew. The friendly one.
Lifetime Long Beacher
Southport, NC Hotel