To the mayor, city council of Langley and the Port of South Whidbey Commissioners: Please address a solution to the separate and serious landslides on Wharf Street in 2013. It is disturbing to know that the money that was originally allocated for the widening and consequent shoring up of the bluff toward Cascade Avenue by the Island County Council of Governments is not targeted for use to serve the wider Langley community.
Last week was a bad one for the community surrounding Holmes Harbor Golf Course. The writing has been on the wall for months, and on Thursday conflict over the clubhouse and pro shop came to a head with sewer district commissioners deciding to sue property owners and landlords Kevin Hanchett and Mike Hooper over a parking dispute.
We have been having an extraordinary run of beautiful weather. Don’t you think we live in one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world? We have received so many positive comments about the Second Street Project from citizens, the construction company, business owners, and the engineers to name a few. It’s a special feeling to walk to work each day and see the dream realized in the form of such a transformed space. Seeing families gathering in the plaza in the middle of the city or sitting on the benches or chairs is very affirming.
The ole personal column, perhaps the most challenging part of being a community newspaper editor. My predecessor once told me, “Anyone can write about something, the trick is learning to write about nothing, week after week.”
Imagine if you lived a few blocks from the water, or maybe just across the street, but you had to get in your car and drive miles away just to legally stand on the beach and throw a few stones into the waves. That’s the situation in some areas of Whidbey Island where the shoreline is tied up in private hands and public beach access is scarce.
Langley property owner Richard Francisco announced this week that he has abandoned plans to redevelop his First Street holdings. No doubt many will breathe a sigh of relief over the news, and perhaps they should. Growth, development and change are not things to abhor, but the price of Francisco’s vision — trading a community shared view-shed for the prospect of economic development — was too high.
The United States turned 238 this past Friday and, man, does South Whidbey know how to celebrate. We’re like countless other communities across the country in that we hold events on the Fourth of July, a day marking the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Also known as Independence Day, it’s a chance to reflect on the birth of our country, to break away from our daily lives and really think about where we came from and what it means to be an American.