Sure, it looks a little Guantanamo prison-ish.
But the temporary fencing that replaced the Compo Beach brick wall demolished by Hurricane Sandy has pleasantly surprised a number of Westporters.
Gone is the imposing barrier between the covered pavilion near Joey’s, and the wooden bathhouses next to it.
In its place stands an open fence.
It’s not pretty — and neither are the bathhouses behind it, dating back to the time the first life forms slithered out of the sea — but the airiness of the area appeals to many beachgoers.
When permanent improvements are made — “permanent,” of course, being at the whims of weather — it might be good to consider something along the lines of the current fence, not the old wall.
And, of course, some updates to the bathhouses. As grotty as they are, they’re well utilized, and much appreciated by regulars who store chairs, umbrellas and toys there.
One of whom even said he thought users would be willing to pay for improvements themselves.