Letters to the Editor

Tyranny rules in Coupeville

Ours is a representative form of government. With a couple of exceptions, one from an affected property owner, the citizens of Coupeville have unanimously told the town government what they want in terms of the revisions to the Shoreline Management Policy as it pertains to Front Street.

The people spoke with full knowledge and understanding of what the Town was proposing, they spoke intelligently, they spoke with passion, they spoke for hours at two public hearings and here is what they clearly stated: (1) They do not want any new over water building on Front Street; (2) they want to make the existing buildings conform to the current codes including the comprehensive plan; (3) they want strict and objective design standards for new construction on the uplands of the four vacant waterfront parcels; and (4) they want the town to make its best effort to purchase those four parcels.

That’s it, end of story. Now, since we have a representative form of government our mayor and council will make sure to have the planner prepare an ordinance to that effect. But is the mayor ordering that? No. She is asking us, the public, to have many meetings with the planner/obfuscator so that we “understand what the town is proposing.” Hey Nancy, wake up, we know what you are proposing and are united and clear in our opposition to it.

We don’t need delay, that’s an old town tactic; drag something out so long that people stop coming to meetings and paying attention and then just passing what the mayor and council want. It’s too much to expect the public to keep coming back and telling you repeatedly what we want. You just heard at least five hours of it in two public hearings. It’s amazing anyone comes to the meetings at all due to the severe lack of attention that the mayor and council pay to public input, especially when it opposes what the planner is recommending.

Marshall Bronson refers to those that are out of line with the current administration as “the tyranny of the minority.” Well folks, clearly the mayor and council are the tyranny of the minority if they don’t simply do what the people have decreed.

Ken Pickard


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