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Mary, I agree wholeheartedly. I am also not a golfer, and don't intend to become one. I value the golf course for the fact that is is a large tract of open space nearly in the center of Port Townsend proper. Imagine New York City without a Central Park. I know that's not a great comparison, due to the immense difference of scale, but I think it points to the importance of having open space in the center of any city, no matter the size. We all know that housing is a critical issue in Port Townsend, but turning the golf course into housing is not the answer. There is plenty of land in Port Townsend for infill building, including large tracts just to the South of San Juan Avenue, adjacent to the golf course. Build housing there, and give the new residents access to open space across the street! Whether it continues as a golf course or becomes a park (or some combination), the current golf course lands should not be sold or developed for housing. What happens here will also affect what remains of the Kah Tai lagoon, as Mary says, and not in a positive way. I am 100% for more housing, and more public dollars spent for housing, in Port Townsend, but not in this location. If we lose it, we will never see it's like again within City limits.

John Conley

From: Selling golf course property would be very short-sighted | Letter to the editor

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