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UPDATE | Tree-top protester: 'It's not about me anymore'

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Chiara D'Angelo speaks to reporters after ending her treetop protest against a coming shopping center at Highway 305 and High School Road.
— image credit: Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

Chiara D'Angelo had little to say after she ended her protest against a shopping center from a platform hoisted 70 feet above the ground and nestled in the canopy of Douglas fir trees that will soon be cleared for the new development.

D'Angelo ended her two-day treetop protest against the proposed Visconsi development shortly after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

She emerged from the forested grove next to Highway 305 and High School Road just after 8:30 p.m. flanked by two supporters and followed by two more who carried a large banner protesting the shopping center. D'Angelo was met and quickly surrounded by reporters, including some from Seattle television stations, after she walked out of the woods. She had been facing arrest for trespassing after starting her demonstration early Monday.

She spoke for less than two minutes before her mother hustled her away to a waiting car in the nearby Ace Hardware parking lot.

"Those trees are beautiful. I didn't go up there for the trees; I went up there for the community who loves those trees," D'Angelo said.

She noted the community's involvement against the Visconsi project — a seven-building development that will include a new bank, drugstore and other commercial space — and encouraged people to stay involved.

"It's not about me anymore," D'Angelo said.

Visconsi, an Ohio-based development company, received city approval to build the shopping center in late March. The developers received a clearing permit last week and had hoped to begin removing trees on the 8.14-acre property Monday.

 

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