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SubjectCouncil Continues Deliberations to Finalize CAO on December 3, 2012
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30 November 2012


Dear San Juan County Neighbors and Friends,


Unable to complete their day-long deliberations last Tuesday on their review of all four sections of the Critical Area Ordinance, the Council continued their deliberations to Monday, December 3, at 8:45 am.  The meeting is scheduled to take place until 5 pm, with a recess over the noon hour.  In the event the Council does not complete their review on the 3rd, they have "pencilled in"  December 27 as another day for completion.  This Council is intent on adopting the new Critical Area Ordinance before year end.


Much of the CAO will find its way into the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) update for San Juan County.  The SMP is currently scheduled for completion in June of 2013.  After adoption of the CAO, the County is expected to turn its attention to the SMP update in earnest.


We would like to draw your attention to the Trojan Heron blog today and the story about a small family oyster farm in Drakes Estero, California, that had been in existence for 90 years until Secretary Salazar shut it down yesterday.  Be sure to watch the video.  You will hear a story that is not unlike the one in the making here in the San Juans, and learn the difference between environmentalists and environmental zealots.


Today we have added to our website Sandy Mackie's comments submitted to the County early this week on behalf of the Blakely Island family he represents.


Early this year, we took a step we hoped we would not need--to prepare for the possibility of litigation and hired prominent land-use attorney, Sandy Mackie of the Perkins Coie law firm.  Our CSA team is fortunate in that we have board members who, with direction from Sandy, have been able to assist him and, at the same time, keep his expenses down.  Sandy has travelled several times to meetings in Friday Harbor before the Prosecuting Attorney and the County Council.  However, as you can imagine, his efforts and travel expenses come at considerable expense.  We are also pleased to say that CSA signed a joint representation agreement with Blakely Island property owners.  This has allowed us and them to benefit jointly from Sandy's work.  All of Sandy's comments that have been made on behalf of either party to the County can be read on our Common Sense Alliance website


CSA depends upon your donations to support our efforts.  Over the years, we have attempted to be judicious and frugal with your funds.  Your contributions will fund our immediate needs going forward primarily associated with attorney's fees.  All donations are tax deductible and, upon receipt by us, will receive a tax receipt by mail containing our 501(c)3 tax identification number.  You can mail checks to CSA, PO Box 1249 Friday Harbor, WA 98250 or use the PayPal button available to you on our website found in the "Donate" section of our tool bar.  If you have any questions, please contact Dave Cable at 425-444-0041 or dcable@rockisland.com.


Thank you for your consideration and your ongoing support of our organization.


Common Sense Alliance

Common Sense Alliance
P.O. 1249 Friday Harbor, 98250
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