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Shoreliners plan march on Bainbridge Island City Hall, again
Opposition to the city's Shoreline Master Program update made a stand at the program's hearing last Wednesday.
But some shoreline homeowners are not finished making their voices heard.
Shoreliners will march, once again, to city hall Wednesday to protest the update to the SMP and demand changes be made to the draft.
Island activist Gary Tripp sent a mass email from his Bainbridge Defense Fund organization Monday. The email, authored by islander Elizabeth Jones, asks for shoreline homeowners to march on city hall at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.
"This will be our last opportunity to demonstrate our opposition," Jones wrote. "We feel we do have an opening or two to sway the vote."
Shoreliners have often pointed to Council members Bob Scales, Kirsten Hytopoulos, Debbi Lester and Anne Blair as four on the dais who are likely to approve sending the program to the Department of Ecology despite shoreliners' objections.
Just as the previous march that drew more than 250 people on March 15, the May 15 demonstration will begin at the Town & Country Market on Winslow Way. It will then head to city hall, where the council is scheduled to discuss the program, and possibly vote on it, later that evening.
The shoreliners are demanding six modifications to the program: declare existing homes conforming; establish one residential zone for shoreline properties; maintain current water dependent uses; remove any requirements to plant vegetation in shoreliners' views; and remove the designation of "aquatic conservancy" for places such as Fletcher Bay and Point Monroe.