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Mar 26, 2013 4:30 PM by Ellina Abovian, KSBY News

Cayucos Veterans Hall vandalized

The Cayucos Veterans Hall is considered a special place for many people. The facility is used for various special events and recreational activities.

The Lions Club is a community organization that meets at the hall twice a month. Some of the club members consider the hall their second home.

According to Jerry May, a longtime member, the Vets Hall is the center of their community. "Without the Vets Hall, I don't know what we would do," said May.

Over the last few years, the club members felt more of a need to protect their home. The bottom portion of the hall had fallen victim to trespassing. Random people would sneak in at night and light camp fires. Fires of any kind are prohibited on the beach.

As a precaution, on March 22nd, San Luis Obispo County approved a wraparound fence, to keep trespassers out. The fence was built with money from the county and many hours of labor donated by volunteers.

The Lions Club members were shocked when they arrived the next day to find the entire fence destroyed. "The same day that we put it in, that night somebody showed up with probably with bolt cutters and destroyed the entire fence one end to the other," said Wayne Houston. Lion's Club members said they are in disbelief; they can't image anyone being so cruel.

Building a new fence would cost more money that the organization simply doesn't have. "How do we know they won't come back and do it again?" said Arley Robinson. Robinson added that their only hope right now is to catch whoever is responsible.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is currently conducting an investigation. As of right now, they do not have any leads.

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