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Mutiny Bay Resort will become condos
Mutiny Bay Resort, the last of South Whidbey's old-time fishing resorts, will ask its last vacationers to check out when it closes in May.
Next summer, the resort's owner will demolish or remove the fishing cabins, chalets, mobile homes and other structures at the 64-year-old resort. The clearout will make room for a planned redevelopment of the 3.26-acre, waterside site into a condominium complex.
Though the development -- which will consist of four 4-unit condominium buildings, a boat storage building and another storage building -- will bring some new housing to the corner of Mutiny Bay Road and Fish Road, it will also displace a number of people who are already living there. Mark Clarke, a resident of the resort's small permanent trailer park, said he and the other resort residents learned in May that they had a year to leave their homes. A veteran who is living on a disability payment, Clarke said he is not certain where he will live after he pulls his 28-foot travel trailer out of its skirts and down the road.
"This was really kind of a jolt for us," he said.
Rental for a concrete trailer pad at the resort is $300 a month. This has made the resort the perfect place to live for about a dozen Freeland residents with limited income. Clarke's neighbor, who wanted to be identified by only her first name, Carol, said her parents moved into the resort 37 years ago. She has since taken their spot on the trailer pad closest to the beach and the resort's panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains. She said her disability check gives her almost no housing options away from the resort.