Now as I walked along the same expanse of beach, I saw very few "beach cottages." Instead super-sized houses with angles and gables and large expanses of glass now stand watch over the sea. Their shingles are weathered and they seem a natural part of the landscape--until you notice the signs protecting gated stairs and pathways. The high tide mark now a boundary between them and us.
I understand property rights and I'm not advocating their demise. It was just sad to see.