South Whidbey Record


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Tower’s a poor fit for park

January 3, 2013 · Updated 4:45 PM

To the editor:

Considering the “Tower Tradeoff” response by Stephan Kahn, I thought he wrote a thought provoking letter. However I am wondering who does not have reception in the area and would the cell tower definitely correct their problem.

Could the Port of South Whidbey answer that question? Otherwise I don’t think it should be built because of the grief it is causing some people and the loss of the natural effect it would have on the park. Why not put the cell tower on the highest and less populated area on the South End? Possession Point is not that. Besides being beautiful, it also harbors nesting eagles. This southern most tip of the longest island in the nation has a lot of significant historical interest, of which the tower would detract. A famous book by Reed Fulton called the Powder Dock Mystery is a story that takes place on that spot.

The Possession “Hole” is well known for its depth and record size octopus. There’s the Powder Dock, where oceangoing ships used to unload blasting powder, and the many pre-historic remains found there. The area was a Native American camp site and grave site (the remains were lifted in the trees, so the story goes). Also there was supposed to be a Hudson Bay post there at one time.

Actually, the whole point is now owned by the state. The port purchased this property for a public park and why is it doing otherwise? It seems to be doing very well without the money from AT&T.

Jean Schmidt


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