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Editorial: Neotsu family gives thumbs down on 21-203 STR’s

A few privileged people who don’t need the income associated with local tourism, are attempting to segregate certain neighborhoods and restrict other less fortunate folks from enjoying their little section of the coast.

Who in the world would think that reducing available lodging for tourists won’t negatively impact the county economy and the majority of it’s residents?  Do they not understand that all the cities within the county are doing whatever they can to promote more tourism?

Wealthy people who have moved into the county, many from out of state, who now don’t like the effects of tourism, maybe should have thought things through a bit more before moving here.  It’s like moving in next to an airport, and then trying to shut it down because it’s to noisy.

They claim they want to take back their neighborhood, however these neighborhoods always had diverse seasonal visitors and vacationers, well before these elitists arrived.

Proponents claim 21-203 is about zoning, or septic systems, or out of state greed, or no enforcement of the rules, or failure of the commissioners to act quickly. But what this measure is really about is creating neighborhoods that only those privileged people can enjoy.  This privilege will come at the expense of those that will lose their jobs if Measure 21-203 passes, and it will come at the expense of the less fortunate, who will no longer be welcome to come vacation in these areas.

Let’s allow the County Commissioners the opportunity to address the legitimate concerns with STR’s, and then let’s move forward in a manner that preserves the coastal neighborhoods for all the people, not just a privileged few.

VOTE NO on 21-203

       Mitchell Gensman
       Homeowner – Neotsu, OR

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