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“Safe and clean?” I find it interesting and frustrating, frankly, that “safe and clean” on our beach equates to no dogs in the early AM, when the beach is deserted, or in the PM, when the beach has largely been vacated; the only hours that us dog/home owners are requesting that we would be permitted to fully realize our investments at the shore during the season. Why interesting and frustrating? Because, the community, including the Board, otherwise chooses to turn a blind eye to activities and behavior on the beach and in the community that truly are a threat to safety and, in some cases, are illegal (though a DE House Committee in June did approved a measure to decriminalize so things may change). We talk about “responsible” and “irresponsible pet owners” but what about responsible and irresponsible residents (please, don’t blame renters for any unfortunate behavior as we can recognize other residents)? This season (but also in previous seasons) my family, friends, and neighbors have had ringside seats to gross public intoxication early in the day, consumption of illicit substances, loud and explicit music and language, the display of hard liquor containers and the drinking there from. I’m sorry, but to suggest, which has been done, that we approach such offenders and ask them to behave is ridiculous when we spend so much time and energy trying to prevent someone from walking their dog when the beach is quiet. I have to explain to my kids why they can’t walk our dogs on the beach in the AM, but what do I say about what in Bethany proper would be cause for arrest? With all due respect to the Board, those of us who would like to see this issue rationally resolved have little confidence. To suggest, as the president did earlier this month, that there is a process in the bylaws to address such issues is to ignore how the Board, most recently this year, has refused to consider the matter. In its excuse this year, there was even reference to incorporated Bethany Beach ordinances, which flies in the face of the Board turning around and posting “private beach” signs in the sand at either end of Tower Shore. If we are part of incorporated Bethany Beach, so be it. Then we also have to ban the consumption of alcohol, which is not what I would propose as it, as with banning my walking our dogs, would have a harmful effect on how we all enjoy our investments here, not to mention the impact it might have on the rental market in the community; but there needs to be some fairness in how we approach the needs and desires of all in our community. Hopefully, the Board will take up this challenge sooner rather than later.