The Friends of the Dunes applauds the City of Cannon Beach for its thorough process in updating the foredune management plan.
We embrace the scientific research and planning policy presented. We thank all who participated in the extensive debate.
That the Breakers Point and Chapman Point HOAs chose to bring costly legal action against the City of Cannon Beach with separate Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) actions is appalling - especially during this economically crippling pandemic.
Thankfully, Oregon Coast Alliance (ORCA) will provide pro bono legal support to the city’s attorney.
The HOAs’ claims that these appeals represent care for the community, or a desire to be environmental stewards, is wholly unconvincing. These statements are only this week’s PR spin by the HOAs in their years-long quest to level our state-owned dunes strictly for their own improved views.
As the Cannon Beach City Council recognized, ending dune grading for homeowner view enhancement is the right decision because:
The dunes belong to the State of Oregon, not entitled oceanfront property owners
The dunes are a valuable public asset, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike
The dunes are a crucial part of Cannon Beach’s economy and beauty
The dunes provide a critical bulwark against storm-damage and flooding, absorbing powerful king tide waves, and
The city’s stated goal is to protect the dunes as a habitat for plants and animals.
We stand with the City of Cannon Beach and its and decision. We expect that LUBA will, too.
Friends of the Dunes
at Cannon Beach