To the editor:
With regard to the current proposals dealing with waterfront property and SMP regulations, my wife and I own property on Pleasant Beach and we feel that this entire discussion is fear mongering and big ruckus over nothing.
We own a house on Pleasant Beach and we’ve looked over the SMP plan and find nothing terrifying there. We did a remodel a couple of years ago and were given no directives to plant trees in our view, or anywhere else.
Our neighbors bought their house last year and spent a year clearing the lot, completely tearing down the existing home and completely rebuilding. They were not forced to move their house farther back, nor were they directed to plant vegetation in their yard. The only plantings they have done have been for privacy and décor.
We are officially “non-conforming,” but we are not disturbed by that at all. In fact, I think that term confers on us a special status. I understand that we could not build a bulkhead like we have now, but that’s part of being “non-conforming.”
We have had no evidence that our property values were in any way lowered by the talk of these regulations. In fact, property has started to sell again, and a few homes here on Pleasant Beach have sold quickly and for full price. There’s no evidence that property values are being disturbed.
The other part of it is that we believe in doing what we can do to protect the Puget Sound from pollution and garbage and oxygen starvation and all the other problems the Sound has right now, and we can’t do that if we get our panties all in a twist about SMP.
JONATHAN AND LEIGH MANHEIM