I’m reminded of the Roman philosopher, Marcus Cicero, who wrote: “Not to know what happened before you were born, that is to be always a boy, to be forever a child.” This is so appropriate for what has been going on with the city boat launch, which is childish behavior by the city and WDFW officials, in managing our property.
In 2003, working with the County, City, WDFW, Washington State Transportation (WSDOT), and Recreation Conservation Office (RCO), I was able to get an agreement signed by all which allowed the City to obtain funds for the construction of the Boat Launch/parking. This agreement specifically states no fee will be charged on property managed by WDFW.
For the past several years, the City has been cutting trees within WDFW: shoreline, riparian zone, below the mean high higher water (mhhw), and wetlands without first getting a permit. This is a crime, which carries a penalty and or jail time. WDFW recently was alerted to this illegal activity.
So what have they done? Well in their infinite wisdom of fair play, WDFW and the City have ignored all past agreements, the law, and are now going to charge all citizens a added fee to drive on the WDFW lands to gain access to the restrooms, boat launch, picnic tables, or just enjoying the view.
Well, what about the illegal actions …well nothing because it is another government agency, and yes there is a double standard.
So far the South Bend mayor and council committees have refused to schedule any public meetings to obtain public input, and WDFW are acting like…well WDFW, they have sent several “officials” to South Bend to bully the city to stop charging launch fees, without knowing the launch area is not within their jurisdiction. Sound stupid? Well, neither did the city officials know because none of them bothered to read the material in their files.
To all property owners that have trees they can’t harvest because of the riparian zone setback, do you think you could get away with cutting your trees without a penalty?
WDFW informs me the signs will be going up soon, to require a Discovery Pass to enter the boat launch parking area. So the government beatings will continue until our moral improves.
South Bend, Wash.