LETTER: Port, city need to maintain assets

Posted 2/28/17

What homeowner would view their equity without an obligation for its upkeep?

Yet the Port of Port Townsend and City of Port Townsend seem to view those business enterprises with an emphasis on …

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LETTER: Port, city need to maintain assets

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What homeowner would view their equity without an obligation for its upkeep?

Yet the Port of Port Townsend and City of Port Townsend seem to view those business enterprises with an emphasis on facilitating more infrastructure, but without the ability to pay for its repair.

Is the new Howard Street connector going to be just another family of potholes 10 years down the road?

At some point, even the most indifferent taxpayer recognizes that their feelings are hurt.

Somewhere in the grand plan is the dividing line between the resident PT-er and the visitors we share this place with. Those constituencies both love the Point Hudson strip, for example, but only the resident is vested in that commitment.

How is our contribution expressed in a picture obscured by wall-to-wall motorhomes? Since it is the land/seascape that are our principal attraction, the design element that features same are especially delicate, a term that doesn’t presently come to mind.

Yes, we can recognize the need for the port to manage our assets with efficiency and for profit, but the soul of this community is at stake.

The county’s Memorial Field would make a more sensible – and more profitable – expansion of our tourist rec/vehicle/parking scheme than the obliteration of Point Hudson.

For that matter, why not use that almost worthless parade field at Fort Worden to absorb some of our itinerant visitors? Those competing jurisdictions have a reason to commingle resources in service to accountability.

ART JAMES

Port Townsend

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