LETTERS: Penitentiary motif undone


I just returned from a trip abroad, which included some of the beaches in France and Croatia.


I just returned from a trip abroad, which included some of the beaches in France and Croatia.

I liked them well enough, but, yesterday, when I took a walk on one of my favourite beach promenades, I was amazed at the inventiveness of the new décor.

Kudos to White Rock Mayor Baldwin and council. The penitentiary motif is wonderful. Black chainlink would make any inmate feel at home.

Imagine, when I would go to some of my favourite restaurants on the strip, in the past, I used to be able to see the ocean. How dull. They’ve even denuded some of the bluffs to enhance that bleak effect. Well done!

I would, however, modestly propose just a few enhancements to this ‘Beach behind Bars’ installation. How about some razor wire on the arches and railings of the pier, or searchlights on top of the White Rock?

What a sorry youth I used to have, I was taught by my parents to “stop, look and listen.” And the beaches were bereft of barriers.

Harvey Ostroff, Surrey



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