We moved to Saltair in 2004. I was sure we had found a slice of paradise and we still feel that way. It was like walking back in time, a safe and friendly neighbourhood.
After 10 years in Richmond, I felt I had come home. I grew up in small town Ontario and life on Vancouver Island was simply a bonus with no bugs or snow. Our ocean view is reminiscent of the Muskoka lakes area. The ocean is far more interesting than the lakes as it is forever changing.
Not long ago, you had an article in your paper about a carving being stolen from the ice cream shop in Chemainus. To our horror and surprise that same crime happened to us this long weekend.
Some time on the evening of May 23 in the dark of night someone decided to take one of our Hawaiian Tikis. We had two which framed our front door. They are fairly heavy, not locked to the building, simply held from falling with metal strips. Apparently, someone conveniently had a metal cutter in their back pocket and truck close by.
This was quite the shock when we discovered what had happened. I have done a police report but in my heart I don’t expect the same result as the wee bear in Chemainus.
We feel this letter may warn others who think as we did. Apparently this neighbourhood is no longer the safe haven we thought it was and security cameras will be the norm for everyone. How sad.
Perhaps the perpetrator did not realize the strength of a Tiki God’s curse, may they beware!
A very disappointed Saltair resident.