Safety and Security:
We would get calls from neighbors telling us that he was spotted in the woods outside our windows. In time we also noticed him watching us. Eventually he became more brazen and would come up to the house.
Letter from a Neighbor, August 20
The Board certainly hopes that no owner will give credence to defamatory characterizations. No Board member has any interest in traipsing around outside [this neighbor's] house or looking in his windows...
As to the photo of [the board member] that was included with the letter, it should be noted that it was taken with a telephoto lens. [He] was more than 100 feet from the shared property line. Hence the need for a telephoto lens.
Response from the Board, September 17th
There are those who feel that persistent harassment by a year-round resident (and key member of the Beaver Ridge board) crosses the line, particularly since this person has been warned about his behavior. Although owners are reluctant to speak about the problem, guests and neighbors aren't nearly as shy. One went so far as to send a letter to every member of the association with allegations of stalking.
The board issued a strong response, calling the neighbor a "liar" and insisting that the accused does not get within "100 feet" of his property. The hard stand inspired some of the board's loyalists to personally deride the accuser.
These supporters say that while the board member may be "flaky", he is relatively harmless as long as he gets what he wants. The number of violent incidents can be counted on one hand and no one has been seriously injured to this point. Moreover, some of the complaints are from children whose parents were not present at the time to verify details.
Alleged victims disagree that the accused board member poses no risk and insist that the warning signs are there. They say that he goes out of his way to agitate others and steps up harassing behavior when told that it is having an effect. They also claim that he seeks out personal information, persists in unwelcome contact and creates weak excuses to violate privacy.
For his part, the person accused of stalking says that the people who are unhappy with his proximity and behavior bring it on themselves and that he is not technically breaking the law. He says that he is the real victim.
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