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Using Rip Rap and other devices along Oregon’s beaches may lengthen homes’ survival but…

Rip Rap works for a while….but only for a while…

The opinions and views submitted below by Lori Forestelle and Bryan Goheen are strictly their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the staff and management of NewsLincolnCounty.com.
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From Lori Forestelle/Bryan Goheen – Lincoln Beach Residents
I would like to comment on the articles regarding the rip rap on Gleneden Beach, Salishan, and Lincoln Beach.  I have read arguments for both sides, but I would like to add some information that some that are opposed to the rip rap may not know.
We are not rich people.  We have worked our whole lives to be able to afford this house.  Not everyone who has an oceanfront home is rich.  If the cliff erodes to the point where our house falls over it, we lose everything.  What some people may not know is that the insurance companies don’t insure for cliff erosion.  If our houses go over the cliff, we lose everything, but we will still be responsible for the mortgage.  That would destroy us.  We would not get another home loan due to the existing one on a house that no longer exists. 
The people who live on these beaches don’t want to destroy the beach nor take away from its beauty nor harm the animals.  Quite the opposite. I see these people out every week, picking up garbage, with their bags in hand and a grabber to pick it up.  I see signs on their properties alerting people to specific habitats in that area and to be mindful of it.  They care very much.  I also want to say that no one wants to put rip rap up where the public access is.  In fact, 2 of our neighbors spent their own money to improve the public access and made it safer.  The rip rap would go in front of their houses, not in front of the public access.  I do not believe that putting up the rip rap or a retaining wall of some sort, should be at the expense of the county or the taxpayers.  I believe it should be the homeowner’s expense.  But I do believe that we should be allowed to save our homes by putting up rip rap to support the cliffs or bluffs.  This is not a small thing.  These are people’s homes.  The weather and the oceans, are changing due to climate change.  We deserve the right to protect our homes and I cannot see any benefit to people losing everything.  
Lori Forestelle/Bryan Goheen
Lincoln Beach Residents

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