I was profoundly disappointed to read of pending lawsuits filed by the residents of Breakers Point and Chapman Point.
I cannot tell if they have rationalized their way into believing that disallowing grading of the dunes for views is tantamount to a disregard for the prevailing science, or they think the local residents of Cannon Beach are too naive to understand the real motivation behind the lawsuits.
They are not concerned, as they claim, for the “health of the dunes.” They are concerned about their property values and the fact that the more views they have of the beach, the higher those property values go.
The members of the Cannon Beach City Council are thoughtful, hardworking and intelligent. They are more than capable of reading and understanding the scientific documents concerning dune management.
They read a non-partisan, scientific document prepared by Dr. Allan at the request of the city, they understood it, they listened to the concerns of their constituents, and they acted accordingly.
They did not allow themselves to be bullied by the threat of a lawsuit at the expense of their careful analysis. More power to them.