Comments needed on Brinnon Black Point development EIS

So you now have a chance to comment on the proposed EIS for the Brinnon Black Point EIS. Having visited the site, I can tell you from first hand knowledge that the beautiful and somewhat wild site would be lost forever under the development plans to turn this into Ludlow South. Given the nature of salmon recovery along this wild shore, (the south side of the peninsula in particular is covered with huge beautiful second growth trees), it seems insane to allow it to be clearcut and developed. Also given the economy, and the failing of development efforts like this world wide right now, that the worse case would be to see the development start and clear the peninsula, only to run out of money to actually complete anything. That, my friends, is a very likely scenario. They already have made it public that they need additional funding to get this done. Their original glowing optimistic forecast has not panned out.

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Al Scalf

Jefferson CDCD

621 Sheridan

Port Townsend, WA 98368

2 Responses

  1. Well, thanks for the thoughts Chris. While I understand the sentiment, it’s not quite that easy. The way our system of laws work, as I understand it, is that it’s sort of like layers. You have local laws, such as speed limits, that a town can enforce on their own. You have wider laws, that affect an entire county, like shoreline management laws, laws affecting water quality (protecting drinking water for instance), and other rules that are needed when an issue affects a wider range of issues. At the very least, laying aside environmental regs, the Black Point construction is going to affect the infrastructure of the south county, and that alone validates issues laws on the basis of the whole county. My taxes, up here in PT, will be going to support your projects in the south county, such as road expansion, school expansion as construction families move in, and others. And your taxes support county efforts in the north part of J.C. Then there is the State’s issues. And Federal issues, And the Tribes needs. So yes, it is my business as it is your business when issues of the county, state and federal government affect me up here. I think that there is serious debate in your community as to how much development is ‘needed’. Thanks for contributing.

  2. There should be laws against people who don’t live in a town trying to control what happens in that town. Quit halting development, there aren’t any cavemen down here in Brinnon, just good people who need development in their town the same as your town. Brinnon has almost zero population retention of youth 18-35 due to a lack of opportunities and jobs, if you lived here and were “stuck” here you’d understand, but obviously you don’t. people can’t live in Brinnon unless they are drawing Welfare, Social Security or Retirement. Instead of tearing down the idea of development why not try to help build something for the people who will have to rely on those establishments developed for generations to come? Fun fact: if you cut down all the trees, and replant more, they grow back! End of crisis. So even if the resort funding fails, we can still replant the trees and maybe make a big park or giant campground! Hoodsport has the right idea, expand opportunities for locals and tourists who rely upon hwy101 for opportunity. I’d rather see the resort at this point since all other corporate interests seems tied directly to population which means NO development in Brinnon ever. with an active organized population campaign it would still take 20+ years for a decent population to settle in Brinnon and by then I’m sure you might not care, but I still would. My baby girl would be graduating high school by then and it would be nice to see stuffed shirts like yourself holding back development out of the way. Go save a whale or something and leave Brinnon alone. If you are firm in your standing of anti-development in Brinnon you are fighting to oppress the oppressed, to kick the man when he is down and to step on the dreams of one of the smallest towns in the state.

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