The Newport City Council, with Mayor-elect Mark McConnell absent Monday, appeared resigned to eventually adopt a fairly strict set of criteria that sea cliff or dune back developers and homeowners must abide by before they can build new or expanded homes.
The very long, and very drawn out debate over the town’s “geologic hazard” provisions appears to be headed for a final set of decisions next month, the last opportunity for the current council members to finish the job they began last Spring. Newly elected council members might put a new twist on it should the current council fail to act before January 1st.
Monday’s city council workshop demonstrated continued approval of tough restrictions on ‘active and high risk’ sections of city coastal bluffs and dune back areas. Full geologic reports would be required for new homes in areas where there has been recent ground movement or signs that ground movement is imminent. However, outgoing city councilor Terry Obteshka continued to push for a more lenient set of criteria that would allow easy approval for new construction in what are called ‘moderately’ risky areas of coastal bluffs and dune back areas. But city Community Development Director Derrick Tokos reminded councilors that during recent council hearings, state geological experts testified that designated ‘moderate’ risk areas should be required to undergo the same level of investigation by licensed geologic engineers to ensure ‘moderate’ risk building sites can safely contain a new home. Tokos reminded the council that such expert testimony could force the state to step in if the council ignored it. Tokos said he understands that geologic reports do cost money, but implied that such concerns do not override state land use policies on construction safety along Oregon’s constantly shifting and changing coastline.
However, Tokos offered a “back door” approach to Obteshka’s concerns. Tokos said the council could require geologic reports in ‘moderate’ zoned areas for just five years as a “test period.” “If, after five years,” Tokos said, “the council learns that geologic investigations connected to home construction show few if any safety concerns, the council could make supportable findings that the earlier expert testimony was faulty and thereby legitimately exempt further geologic reports for sites within the ‘moderate’ zone.”
Crab boats were still idle Tuesday as negotiations between crab boat owners continued with fish processors who the boat owners claim haven’t offered a decent price for the catch. The delay in an agreement has already affected smaller boat operators who missed some calm sea opportunities to pre-set their gear.
The National Weather Service is still predicting some pretty hefty winds until 6pm tonight.
The forecast calls for rain and winds pretty steady to 35 mph through the morning along with occasional gusts to 60 miles an hour through the afternoon, tapering off to sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph and gusts to 50 mph after about 4pm. Then tapering off considerably by Tuesday evening.
So watch out for flying objects. Get anything loose around the outside of your house tied down, and enjoy the spectacle.
A Special Business After Hours – December 2nd in Nye Beach!
A special, progressive Business After Hours will be held by the Nye Beach Merchants this Thursday, December 2nd. Chamber members & guests are invited to attend this socializing & networking event from 4pm to 7pm. Participants are asked to pick-up their maps & itinerary between 4pm and 5:30pm at Nye Cottage located @ 208 NW Coast Street. Visit participating Nye Beach Business locations between 4pm & 6pm. Businesses may offer discounts, prizes and/or coupons. Appetizers, beverages, and door prizes will be available from 6pm to 7pm at a location that will be disclosed on the itinerary form. For more information, call 541-265-6262. Kick-off your holiday shopping in the Nye Beach District!
HELP Portrait – Oregon Coast 2010!
We don’t want to take your picture….We want to give it to you FREE! HELP is a collection of photographers using their time, equipment, and expertise to give back to those who are less fortunate. Come in for a FREE portrait of you & your family on *Saturday, December 4th at the Lincoln City Cultural Center from 11am to 4pm, or *Sunday, December 5th at the Newport Public Library from Noon to 4pm. Participants will receive 5X7 and/or 8X10 photos. Visit www.HelpPortraitOregon.com. (more…)
Reverberations of the past still ring to the student of Oregon coastal
history. At Battle Rock in Port Orford, the defiant roar of a cannon can be
heard amid the pounding of the surf. Here a battle was waged that rivals
anything in the annals of meritorious combat. The protected beach of Port
Orford still looks much as it did in 1851, when a party of nine men landed
on June 9, a group assembled by John Kirkpatrick, who later became known as
the hero of Battle Rock.
It was the intent of Captain William Tichenor to start a settlement there
and build a road to Jacksonville, where gold had recently been discovered.
The nine men thus assembled would have a share in the future prosperity of
Port Orford. They included: John Kirkpatrick, Jake Summers, George Ridoubt,
J. H. Eagan, John Slater, James Carigan, Joseph Hussey, T. D. Palmer, and
Tichenor was the Captain of the Sea Gull, a vessel that ran between Portland
and San Francisco. After dropping off the crew near Battle Rock, Tichenor
made for San Francisco with the intent of returning in two weeks with
additional men, supplies, and ammunition. Arriving in San Francisco, the Sea
Gull was embargoed and could not return on time. (more…)
Lincoln City Police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down who went on a vandalism spree last Friday night on Holmes and West Devils Lake Roads.
Police say their dispatch phone began ringing at around 9:15pm from callers who said someone had broken out their car windows and slashed their tires. Calls continued coming in past midnight, callers saying that some vehicles had all fours tires slashed. Patrolling officers were also reporting damaged vehicles but it appears that the vandals had done their dirty work before most victims became aware that their vehicles had been damaged. Officers said what they found were lots of damaged cars and no sign of anyone who was behind it.
All toll, the police department tallied 31 vehicle damaged on West Devils Lake Road and Holmes Road. Police are asking anyone who may have any clue who did this to call them at 541-994-3636.