LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Water access is a critical issue
October 7, 2008 · Updated 9:56 PM
To the editor:
In recent articles, several key points have been missing from the arguments about the port’s plan to improve the Langley Boat Harbor. Economic development has been emphasized by the port, and a publicly subsidized play area for the rich has been the position of those opposing it.
Neither of these images tells the whole picture.
Missing is the need to replace the deteriorating facility and its toxic creosote pilings within the lifetime of the existing facility. Losing the marina in Langley should not be an option. It needs repair and replacement to remain a viable facility.
If the marina goes away and the Clinton ferry dock becomes the only deep water moorage on South Whidbey, what happens if the ferry dock becomes inaccessible due to an emergency?
The Langley Marina has been an integral part of the transportation infrastructure of South Whidbey for most of its history, and it needs to remain a key feature for the sake of the people who live here.
Yes, there will hopefully be an economic development benefit — we certainly need one! And yes, wealthy folks with boats will use the facility. I see nothing wrong with having them help support the improvement of our Langley waterfront and marina.
We need to approve the port’s request for a levy lift in November, so they can create a marina in the Langley harbor for all to enjoy. We are an island, water access is critical to our existence and we should be making the most of our gorgeous Puget Sound location.
Please join me with a yes vote to support our marina improvements.