Offer made to purchase Dorothy Cleveland Trail property

At least one offer had been made to purchase the property containing part of the Dorothy Cleveland Trail, the Port of South Whidbey announced Monday.

Port commissioners will host a special meeting at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Clinton to talk about the offer.

The sale of the land has been highly controversial, with neighbors and others opposed to the sale of the public property that includes the popular trail that stretches from Possession Beach to the ridge more than 400 feet above Puget Sound.

Port officials listed the 14-acre property for sale earlier this month, with a suggested price of $235,000.

According to the agenda for the meeting, port commissioners will accept, reject or counter the offer.

Port officials earlier declared the property as "surplus," and said maintaining ownership of the upland park runs counter to the port's mission of economic development.

South End residents have opposed the sale, however, and also the potential for a cell tower to be raised on the ridge property, which they say would be an eyesore. Others have highlighted the value of the park property as prime wildlife habitat that shouldn't be disturbed by commercial development.

Port officials did not indicate on Monday if more than one offer had been on the property.

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