Let's all remember a couple of years ago...We were told that the trees in Lincoln Park were a clear and present danger to planes being able to land at Fairchild Airport. You remember...The story was that the trees were an immediate threat to the ability of the airport to operate and blah blah blah. And so the push began to log the lumber and "unencumber" the landing approach.
Well, here we are today...Kenmore found that the trees weren't the threat to their business, the lack of business was. And here we now, and I mean right now in the here and now, have Jerry Ludke, airport manager for the Port of Port Angeles, saying that he doesn't expect any trees to be cut for at least another two and a half years - and that that is not an impediment to an airline using the landing approach.
Meanwhile, you've got City Council member Brad Collins saying that he is sure the City Council would support cutting the trees, even though they've yet to actually vote on that. All this is also against a backdrop of a situation in which the required environmental assessment of cutting the trees has yet to be done.
So let's look at this package of lies and obfuscation, shall we? The trees are an immediate threat and have been for years...Except that they're not. The trees were gong to force Kenmore to leave...But they didn't. The City Council will support cutting the trees...Even though they haven't officially done so. And we can make all these pronouncements and promises...Even though the environmental assessment hasn't been done.
I'd even add to the mix of any airport discussion the Port's big property giveaway to Dan Morrison for his land raping sprint boat track. That was land that could conceivably have been used to extend the runway and make the tree issue moot. But no, the Port gave the land to Morrison, even though they "knew" at that time that there were (supposedly) runway and approach issues.
So, the sum total of all this, at least of what we know for sure? Well, Dan Morrison illegally filled in wetlands on the property the Port gave him, and is going to be fined the paltry sum of $14,000 for his illegal land raping actions. And the Port and City both seem hell-bent of logging Lincoln Park, even if it's not strictly necessary.
In other words, again and again and again, the City of Port Angeles makes it clear that it is incredibly hostile to the environment. It will not take any step to protect the environment or natural resources unless it is forced to do so. All of which makes the City of Port Angeles ever more out of touch with the times, which doubtlessly makes it ever more unlikely to succeed economically or otherwise.
But hey! Let's spend money we don't have to build artificial beaches! We don't need trees on beaches. Just logs to look at while we watch the sand being washed away from under our feet...
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