Party barn must be restrained
March 30, 2010 · Updated 2:00 PM
The good people who live near the Crockett Barn have been victimized by a combination of events, too many, too loud, and too late. The barn already has held more than 20 events in a given year, too many. The events have been so loud that neighbors complain they cannot sleep and hear the barn’s amplified music with all the windows shut, too loud, too late.
Ramping up this intense commercial activity in a residential area is incompatible and has destroyed the rural tranquillity that attracted people to Ebey’s Reserve. The destruction has had a real and tangible impact on people living near the Crockett Barn. These good people no longer have something they once cherished and are facing the prospect that things could get worse. They have seen the peaceful enjoyment of their own property taken away by the increased commercialization of a rural icon into a party barn. These people are your neighbors too and deserve your consideration, your empathy, and your support.
Neighbors are angry that every attempt to discuss concerns with Paula Spina has been met with a refusal. Even the public meeting held by the county was viewed by Spina as an opportunity for self-promotion with no compassion for the destructive impact on nearby neighbors.
There is no hypocrisy in wanting to preserve the peace and quiet of my neighborhood and also wanting to use the Crockett Barn for a limited number of community events. People in the community (including folks in this neighborhood) support events like the Lions Club, the Pacific Northwest Art School, the Boys and Girls Club, and Ebey’s Reserve. But when the events become too many, too loud, and too late it destroys the quality of life, peaceful enjoyment, sleep, and emotional well being of those who live nearby.
I never made an offer to purchase the Crockett Barn and had no plans to use it as an event venue when I moved here. It was four years after I bought my property before I coordinated any event at Spina’s barn. The events where I have been most active have been in support of the Pacific Northwest Art School. All of those events were at the direction of the art school’s board of directors, on which Spina served, not me. I have never served on the art school’s board or its management team. I help where I am asked (going for husband of the year here).
With one exception, art school events at the barn have never included amplified music, and have all ended by 8:30 p.m. A pretty good model for other events at the barn. The solution is simply not too many, not too loud, and not too late.
James S. Moore