September 13, 2012 | Volume 42, No. 37

Cove landowner was confrontational

In response to the Viking Cove suit article I would like to say that Michael Wald either has a problem with the truth or the facts or CVN twisted the story! My encounter with Wald took place this spring as we were crabbing there. My 15-year-old daughter was on a four-wheeler, picking debris off the beach. Wald purposely parked a vehicle in the cut-out there, blocking her way out. I then hear a very loud, “Hey, I don’t want her driving on my grass!” That led to a confrontation in which Wald informed me he now owned the grass and the beach and he had “no idea” it was going to be used like that when he bought the place, even going so far as to explain how he was “mortgaged to death” and he did not want to be forced to stop people from coming there and absolutely no parking by the beach. I informed him that there are old and handicapped people who go there who cannot walk 500 feet to the beach. He then proceeded to “police” the beach, going from person to person explaining the “rules.” Had he approached in a non-confrontational way, he would have gotten a much better response from me. But I am convinced he will never yell at and scare my 15-year-old daughter again. To set the record straight, it was I who threw his road blocks over the edge so an older couple could park and walk down to the water.

Dean Lari

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dean Lari