>Sun Article&Misc – 11/26/08

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Illahee Community Plan Report. We were hoping for others to report on Monday’s public hearing regarding the Illahee Community Plan, but no one took up up on the offer so far. We do have a link to the Kitsap Sun’s coverage.

End of Article Comments. There are comments at the end of the Sun article that have been interesting and we were asked to respond to one of them. It is easy to register and respond. This is something like we are attempting to do with our illaheecommunity.com website under the blog section.

Hearing Pictures. We are fortunate to have a photographer in Illahee who was at Monday’s public hearing and hope to have pictures when he returns from Thanksgiving travels.

Illahee Property Rights & Realtors. We have residents in Illahee who are concerned about the battle between Illahee and KAPO and the Realtor Board. There are a number of participants who are property rights advocates and while we have realtors in Illahee, we had none that came forward to help with the plan. We do know that residents do not always agree with their organizations positions on some issues and they aren’t sure whether to support their group or the community. We watched at least one person at the hearing, from outside Illahee, change his position. He was a supporter of the Plan until KAPO opposed it. It appeared to be a political decision and we understand that some choices aren’t easy.

Property Rights Concerns. The majority of Illahee residents are property owners and are respectful of their and other’s property rights. They also understand the need for zoning and other regulations that keep order and maintain quality of life. It is that balance that we think the Illahee Plan ensures. We worked hard to make sure everyones voice was heard and in the end we think we ended up with a document that was supported by most Illahee residents. We still don’t understand why we have the opposition from the KAPO group on this issue. If you have any further questions on this issue please let us try to respond.

Beach Carcasses? We have a request that if you see a fish or seal, or other marine animal carcass on the beach to notify the Suquamish Tribal biologist. We have attached the email request we received below:

I met with Alison O’Sullivan, Biologist, Environmental Program for the Suquamish Tribe last night and she would like you to coordinate local people who find dead carcasses along the Illahee Shoreline to contact her immediately. Her phone number is 360 394 8447 and her email address is aosullivan@suquamish.nsn.us

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Jim Aho