Dear Editor: In his guest opinion column in the Cannon Beach Gazette of November 29, 2019, Mike Morgan is doing his job as a paid consultant to the homeowners’ association along the Cannon Beach beachfront.
Morgan appears to have mistaken the purpose of the scientific study of dune grading’s effects commissioned by the City of Cannon Beach. The purpose was not to discover a rationale for or against dune grading, but only to describe its effects.
After giving councilors credit for their unusually superior qualifications, he faults them for concluding that grading for views is not a good city policy.
If city policy decisions were based on science, we would not have a city here at all. Science warns us not to build close to the ocean, because of potential tsunamis and rising sea water.
Morgan also ignores the fact that the beaches and the views therefrom belong to all Oregonians, not just to the few beachfront homeowners whom he represents, and are treasured by visitors from all over the world.
The buyer’s remorse that Morgan references in the column was a letter from a planning commissioner who later wrote a letter apologizing for the first letter and admitting that it contained misinformation and a false accusation.
Much gratitude is due the planning commissioners and the city councilors who have volunteered their time throughout this long and fair process.
The council continues to struggle with how best to compose a code that will allow grading necessary to the city’s welfare.
Diane Amos Cannon Beach