One Editor’s Opinion, by Colleen McCrory:
We are at a cross roads, with a whole new future on the horizon. We can go from being a very accessible island (for most us us, a crucial factor in our decision to move here)— to becoming a remote San Juan island.
If living remote is appealing, here are actions that will insure it happens:
- encourage the Council to disapprove the ferry lease…
- before we have a plan or funding for a viable alternative
- in a county that doesn’t have the will, patience or resources to start over
- after having burned our bridges with Lummi Nation
- accept mostly passenger ferry service to Fairhaven
- with occasional vehicle runs, weather permitting
- because the County only has to provide us with minimum service
- with maybe some–probably expensive–parking in Fairhaven
- and all without a marina on the island
- while we sue to perfect a right-of-way that only includes the uplands…
- and doesn’t even mention the tidelands
- and/or sue to enforce the original lease, or other claims
- without the resources to launch legal actions of this magnitude
- and no guarantee of success
- and no support (or money) for this action from the County
I have friends who believe that we can redesign our community to accommodate being more remote; that new doors will open, and we will morph into a new society of Lummi Islanders. They are probably right– for those of us who have the energy, freedom and resources to make that transition. And want to live in that new society.
If you aren’t one of those I encourage you to email your Councilmembers asking them to approve the lease (as well as the Ferry Task Force recommendations). You can do it in one email to: firstname.lastname@example.org , or better yet, with a personal call, but do it soon. They will be voting next Tuesday, Sept. 13th.
PS: There is an interesting discussion about this issue buried in a previous post, “More Gooseberry Pt. Parking!” , here on the Forum