Group pushes for new sign — to promote Langley

Buoyed by one sign victory, some South End residents are shooting for another.

They say don’t let a perfectly good concrete slab go to waste; use it to promote another community — Langley.

The slab along Highway 525 at Campbell Road, at the outskirts of downtown Clinton, was meant for Clinton’s 18-year-old carved “Welcome to Whidbey Island” sign across from the Clinton Ferry Terminal.

The relocation was to make way for a new sign, part of the new Island Scenic Way series to be displayed the length of the island.

But the iconic carved sign will remain where it is, thanks to the last-minute efforts of a number of residents who protested the move.

Now both signs, new and old, will be on display across from the Clinton Ferry Terminal.

Which leaves the concrete slab, prepared in a volunteer effort by the Port of South Whidbey and now sitting empty beside the highway.

The newly formed Committee for a Prosperous Langley 2010 and Beyond has a suggestion: put up a new carved sign promoting Langley.

“Everyone knows that Langley is the jewel of South Whidbey,” said Eric Levine of Langley, who came up with the idea. “But the economy has some businesses hurting.”

“Langley is considered a destination city,” Levine said. “Only a very few cites in the entire state are not adjacent to a highway, and a significant number of visitors may well think all the towns on Whidbey Island are right along 525.

“Signage directing visitors to Langley is minimal at best, and this seems like an excellent solution,” he added.

Levine said a public kickoff meeting would be announced soon to further develop the idea. Business people, artists, residents, officials of Island Transit and all others interested will be invited to attend, he said.

For more information or to participate, call Levine at 221-8937.

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