Money wins over aesthetics, trees, ambiance. The land on the corner of State Highway 20 and East Sleeper Road was sold to the highest bidder for a “tidy profit” — reasonable if the only focus is money.
I live near the east end of Sleeper and was shocked a few short years ago when that corner was denuded . I seldom drive home that way anymore; it makes me sad to see the denuded land and gravel pits just a short way beyond the trees left alongside the road.
Perhaps the PBY Memorial Foundation could make better use of the land for the whole community. How can this be avoided in the future? I wish a group like “Friends of the Forest” in Anacortes was created here in Oak Harbor.