We write regarding the notices to appeal the Cannon Beach City Council’s decision to disallow dune grading for views by both the Breaker’s Point and the Chapman Point HOAs.

Friends of the Dunes fought the grading plans of these organizations for over six long years! There was extensive community input, open meetings, scientific reports and presentations.

The final answer was “no grading for views” will be allowed.

It seems these HOAs simply can’t take no for an answer, even though at least the Chapman Point folks signed an individual deed restriction and they were aware of the subdivision approval condition prohibiting grading when they bought their homes.

None of that is at all surprising. They have clearly only ever been concerned with their own self-interest.

What is surprising to us is that during these crazy pandemic times, when business owners are worried about losing their livelihoods, that the HOAs choose to put our town through this very expensive endeavor!

Clearly, these oceanfront homeowners do not care about the town or the business owners in this town, but only about their own views.

In addition, the city is facing significant future financial needs: building a new city hall/police station, water system, etc.

If these HOAs truly cared about our community, they would accept the results of six years of consideration and expenses, and the council’s decision, and not put our town through a costly process, wasting precious dollars that could be better spent making the town better and safer for all.

Karen and Douglas Hadley

Cannon Beach

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