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Keystone: Ferry project not worth cost

As a member of the Telaker Shores community, I was very excited by the recent article that outlined the opposition to the relocation of the Keystone Ferry terminal by state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen and Rep. Barbara Bailey. My family built a home very near the so-called "Central Option" at Driftwood Park in 1992, choosing this area for its natural beauty, pristine environment and the peace and quiet it provides.

We and our neighbors were stunned when we learned that the WSDOT was even considering the relocation and the more we looked at the potential impact of the project the worse it looked. The possible damage to the environment (Crockett Lake and other wetlands), fish and wildlife (salmon runs and birds), recreation (fishing at Driftwood Park) and the local community (noise, traffic, lights) is staggering. When you look at the reasons given by the WSDOT for the relocation and the costs to all of the state taxpayers it looks like an even worse idea, especially since the actual service to ferry riders will suffer.

The larger boats that the state wants on this route would run less frequently for nine months of the year! I think that most of us would rather see the state work on balancing its budget and/or supporting the local school systems than pursue this type of wasteful project.

Doug Nelson

Coupeville

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