Port of South Whidbey works out details with IBA

The Port of South Whidbey and Island Beach Access have moved forward to install access signs for public beach areas on the South End.

During the regular meeting on Tuesday, May 13, members from the beach access group further explained their plans to establish signs and communicate to the public the access points both on land and water sides.

The group aims to install signs that are clear, visible and don’t add to “sign pollution” in areas with many signs, said Mel Trenor of Island Beach Access.

Trenor brought an example of the sign for the water side, which was a thin 6-foot-tall marker with a reflective sticker.

In March, the group requested $5,000 in funds from the port as part of the district’s grants for South End organizations working to promote and improve the community, which totaled $22,080 for seven organizations. At the time, the group was asked to develop a more detailed plan of installation.

During the May meeting, Commissioner Ed Halloran expressed concern about neighbors who object to the signs.

Both the port and beach access group agreed to proceed with the project one sign at a time to ensure each location is public and not contested. The beach access group will propose its first location for the public access sign at the port’s regular meeting, Tuesday, June 10.

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