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Residents launch Island Eye

More signs like this one on Surface Road may be popping up around Island County as those who use the new Island Eye Web site keep their eyes peeled for land use violations. - Matt Johnson
More signs like this one on Surface Road may be popping up around Island County as those who use the new Island Eye Web site keep their eyes peeled for land use violations.
— image credit: Matt Johnson

In response to a perceived lack of land-use enforcement, an Island County group has set up a Web site that highlights alleged land-use abuses and gives users tools for reporting suspected violations.

The Web site, called Island Eye (www.islandeye.org), is designed to bring attention to damaging and illegal land-use actions and to the county's enforcement policies. It also provides guidelines and tools for citizen response.

Pete Wolf, a spokesman for the group sponsoring Island Eye, stated in a press release this week that Island County residents need to take an active part in land-use enforcement.

"Island County employs only one enforcement agent for both Whidbey and Camano islands," he wrote in the release. "It's easy to see why illegal and destructive practices can occur before there's time to stop them."

Island Eye features news and alerts concerning developing land use situations in Island County. The site also highlights and tracks specific cases of damaging or allegedly illegal land-use actions.

The case that launched Island Eye into existence was the unpermitted logging and bulldozing in January of a steep marine slope near two miles north of the Clinton ferry dock. Responding to a neighbor's alert, an area resident observed the work being done on Waterman Land Trust property and notified county authorities.

Citizens interested in joining or contributing to Island Eye are invited to contact the organization through its Web site. Those without home or office computers may use a Sno-Isle library computer to surf to the Island Eye Web site (http://www.islandeye.org), or may call Peter Wolf at (360) 579-4931

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