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Letter to the Editor

We need citizen action in Bandon right now in 2018 to save Coquille Point ... again.

“Saving Coquille Point: A Year of Citizen Action in Bandon” by Vivian Connolly is a very informative booklet that you should read right now. The link is below or just Google the title online.

The people of Bandon saved Coquille Point back in the late 1980s and now we have to save it again because Mike Keiser wants to develop Coquille Point by putting a massive 45-foot-high hotel on it. That would destroy the beautiful, natural Coquille Point we know.

In the late 1980s the people of Bandon fought to make Coquille Point the beautiful natural place that it is today and they won.

We have zoning codes in place to prevent this kind of development on Coquille Point. The City of Bandon Comprehensive Plan also prevents this kind of development on Coquille Point. Mike Keiser wants to take away these protections, just for this project, so he can build this huge hotel on Coquille Point.

If this 45-foot-high hotel is built on Coquille Point, Coquille Point would be more commercial than natural. Our beautiful ocean views would be partially blocked. This hotel would be only five feet from the Coquille Point National Wildlife Refuge. This hotel would be in the migratory path of many birds. If a hotel this size is built on Coquille Point, there will be disastrous consequences for the wildlife that live in, visit or fly over the Wildlife Refuge on Coquille Point.

The reasons for keeping Coquille Point Natural and not developing it are well presented in this booklet:

A couple of comments and quotes from “Saving Coquille Point: A Year of Citizen Action in Bandon”:

Back in 1989, Stan LeGore, leader of the pro-park forces, educated his readers on relevant issues and convinced them of what was at stake if the developers won.

He told them, “There will be a view but it won’t be the same.” and that, “One of the wonderful changes is that people are working to save the one place that can always remind us why we are here, no matter how the rest of the town develops."

There are plenty of other places that Keiser can put a hotel that is larger than what is allowed on Coquille Point. And he can still build a hotel on Coquille Point, but if it is on Coquille Point then it must conform to our current zoning as far as height and footprint, etc.

Please write letters to the Bandon City Council members and the mayor and tell them we want to keep Coquille Point natural and we do not want a 45-foot-high hotel on Coquille Point. Tell them to reject Mike Keiser's request to change the zoning.

Please talk about this situation with everyone you see.

Let’s make sure this time that we are the people who “save the one place that can always remind us why we are here, no matter how the rest of the town develops."

They are trying to move this along pretty quickly so time is of the essence.

Do you have ideas of what we can do to make sure that Mike Keiser does not build a 45-foot-high hotel on Coquille Point?

Judy Smilan

Bandon

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