Editor’s Note: We are posting the following letter to the Lummi Island Business Council from PLIC to be sure that no one misses it:
October 1, 2010
Henry Cagey, Chairman
Lummi Indian Business Council
2616 Kwina Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
Dear Chairman Cagey:
We write to you as your neighbors. Lummi Island residents and members of Protect Lummi Island Community remain concerned about the potential closure of the Lummi Island ferry service from Gooseberry Point.
We understand your frustrations with the failure to achieve a negotiated agreement with Whatcom County. We were thankful when you announced the LIBC’s intent to seek a mediated agreement that will assure long term ferry service to the Island. As your neighbors, we ask you to affirm that ferry service will continue as the Lummi Nation works with Whatcom County toward a mediated solution.
We want to express our frustration to you about being in the difficult position between Lummi Nation and Whatcom County over an issue that was not of our choosing and where we have very limited opportunity to be heard. We can assure you that an announcement of continued ferry service will be received as a goodwill gesture much appreciated by our members and island residents.
PLIC requests that you announce that the Lummi Nation will not close ferry service to Lummi Island, but will continue Gooseberry service under the interim ferry lease agreement.
Our hope is that mediation and federal financial assistance will help bridge the differences and provide Lummi Nation and Whatcom County with the tools to find a positive solution for everyone.
President, Protect Lummi Island Community