Cathy always loved the idea of owning her own bed and breakfast by the shore.
After her husband passed away, she found a note he left for her, encouraging her to follow her dream even though he couldn’t share it with her. He had taken out extra life insurance just to surprise her with one final gift, and she invested it in a beautiful Victorian mansion overlooking the beach.
She didn’t count on her town’s archaic rules to make life so difficult in that first year. Even though she enjoyed a pretty strong business during the summer, her town council demanded that she provide security for the part of the beach adjacent to her property.
At first, she hired some guards to roam the premises, but it was hard for them to do their job with the town’s light ordinance in place — no lights on the beach after 11p.m. And she certainly couldn’t afford to keep two people on staff year round.
Wayne, a sympathetic alderman, dropped by for tea one afternoon and shared a little secret. Cathy didn’t have to actually patrol the grounds the entire time. He showed her the camera he used at the campground he owned –
A discreet little device that mounted unobtrusively on the side of a building. Wayne suggested she use the built-in infrared LEDs to flood the beach with light just for the camera. With a range of 150 feet, it could scan all the way down to the end of the pier, allowing one guard to watch all the beach activity from the comfort of the building’s pool house.
Wayne’s suggestion worked wonders. Cathy could cut back on her overtime payments, and her security team enjoyed a little more sleep. Even when the tropical storms hit at the end of the summer, the camera worked just fine — a waterproof housing kept the electronics safe and dry.
Before the start of the next summer, she wired the camera’s feed into her in-room television system, so guests in rooms that didn’t overlook the beach could enjoy a nice view, day or night. She always chuckled at the idea that someone might drive all the way to the beach only to watch the ocean on television.
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