Last Wednesday, Steere Bandon associates premiered their new hotel, to be located at Coquille Point.
On Thursday, I drove out there and tried to envision what it might look like and the impact it might have. The weather was bad, with torrential rains blowing sideways. Birds were either hunkered down or flying very low, trying to hold their own.
It was then I was reminded of how the wind, like water, flows and eddies. If a huge boulder was in the river, it would change the flow, causing turbulence around it. So what happens when you put up a hotel on a prominent headland, the only structure thrust forward more than any other building? It, too, would create a new turbulence, 45 feet in height, taller than any tree in the area, causing new wind patterns with its walls of glass.
A recent National Geographic article claims that glass is now the No. 1 killer of birds.
It is a very beautiful hotel, pitched only for the benefits for humans, transient occupancy taxes for the city, restaurant and bathrooms for the public.
Coquille Point was a hard fight in the late 1980s. The Gorman Motel was rushed into construction before the rest of the headland was turned over to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Perhaps this structure is over-reaching what we have now - a sanctuary for shorebirds and its natural beauty.