Letter to the Editor - Saturday, June 20: The good old days

REMEMBER back in the good old days when you could eat fish and chips on the jetty breakwall and stare down at the crystal clear water below.

For those of you who won't get to experience that, this is why.

Seawater used to spray over the rock break wall a few days per year so mankind in his wisdom decided the best thing to do was to place huge grey concrete blocks on the top of the existing rock wall to keep people from getting wet on those few days each year but they didn't consider what we lost for the remaining 360 days of each year forever after when the seawater didn't spray over the wall.

If safety is the issue why not save $2.5 million and install a safety gate which can be locked to keep people off the top path on those few days that it may be unsafe to walk it.

We close roads and bridges in floods so why can't we close the path in the occasional bad storm and open it for its beauty for the remainder of the year.

As you can now see it turned out to be a ridiculous decision.

ALAN SCHOMBERG



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