The Public Hearing for Marine Trail Resort was truly awareness-raising. Perhaps most of all, for residents of Juan de Fuca. How many of us knew just how much the Juan de Fuca Trail is loved and valued by people from all over? This is something that I, for one, learned from the experience.
I also learned that many of us locals – whether we came there “for” or “against” the proposal – shared the same essential concerns. We want the trail to be protected and maintained. But we also want the same for our communities. We know that this is a very special but fragile place. And that it’s about the people, no less than the superlative geography. We agree that we need to preserve, protect, grow and sustain – all at the same time.
We citizens must increase our participation in decision-making, governance and stewardsip of Juan de Fuca.
I hope we will continue speaking up and coming together about this. Now is the time; not only in the wake of such a transformative Public Hearing, but also in preparation for the November elections.
Kara Middleton- White