Mike Keiser’s proposed 45-foot hotel is way too large and totally out of character for Coquille Point. The hotel will be mostly windows and he will be using reflective windows. Reflective windows are dangerous to the bird population as the birds will fly into the windows. I have stayed at several hotels on the Oregon coast that have reflective windows and I have seen the maintenance people out in the morning using wheelbarrows to collect the dead birds that died after flying into the reflective windows.
This hotel is not just bad for the birds but it is bad for all the animals that live in the Coquille Point National Wildlife Refuge. With such a large building (48 hotel rooms and a restaurant/bar that can accommodate 70 people), there will be lots of people, lights, traffic and noise. It is a no-win situation for the birds and animals but also for the people who come to enjoy Coquille Point and the people who live in the homes nearby.
There will be no parking for Bandon residents or tourists at Coquille Point as the patrons and employees of the hotel/restaurant/bar will be needing/taking all the parking spaces. Keiser’s group says they will be supplying 60 parking spaces nearby but none on the property of the new hotel. They will have 60 parking spaces over where the old Bandon Beach Hotel and the Three Gables Restaurant used to be. That is a walk for the hotel people and I bet they will find the Coquille parking lot more convenient. And I also bet there will be no enforcement to keep the Coquille parking lot open for locals and tourists. Sixty parking spaces will not be enough for the people who come to Keiser’s facility but they should not be allowed to park in the Coquille Point Parking lot.
Perhaps after building this huge glass building with hotel, restaurant and bar at Coquille Point, the people who come to Bandon for its beautiful ocean views and its National Wildlife Refuge will stay away. That would really be sad. I would much rather have people who love nature and come to Coquille Point for its beautiful scenic views and its National Wildlife Refuge than a huge glass building that kills birds.
The right thing to do would be to keep our current CD-1 zoning and deny Mike Keiser’s request.