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Whither Sand Point Park?

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During this week’s Lincoln City City Council meeting, City Manager David Hawker said that there are a lot of park maintenance challenges for the city that they intend to meet over the next few years. But one park they may consider walking away from includes Sand Point Park on the east shore of Devil’s Lake; clearly outside the Lincoln City city limits.

Hawker said Sand Point Park is very much out of their way to maintain and so the city council should be aware of that fact. Hawker said that they’re not sure who exactly uses the park. He said “If it isn’t residents or tourists, there would be no reason for us to maintain it. We could thereby put our parks maintenance dollars to better use elsewhere.”

Hawker said he would give the city council a follow up report on Sand Point Park in the near future. He added that “Sand Point Park has never been the city’s #1 park maintenance priority, but it isn’t dead either.”

Newport to get heavy pitch to “Ban the Bag” tonight….

Newport City Councilors tonight are expected to get a heavy pitch from The Surfrider Association and others to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. Ban supporters contend that plastic bags are clogging up our landfill machinery, our storm drains, it’s killing wildlife on land and sea and is a visual blight on the landscape.

During an earlier Newport City Council session, certain councilors asked The Surfrider Association to see if they could drum up support among townspeople and businesses most affected by such a ban. In response, association members have gathered petitions in support of a plastic bag ban.

The city of Portland triggered a ban on single-use plastic bags over the weekend. A similar “ban the bag” bill, having statewide authority, died during the last legislature under heavy lobbying by the plastic bag industry (none of which exists in Oregon) and certain grocery store interests.

The Newport City Council will take public testimony on the issue during its regular twice a month meeting tonight, which begins at 6pm. No final decision on the request to ban plastic bags will be made tonight. The agenda item says “public hearing” only. A decision may come later. The council will also talk about a proposed revision to the city’s hotel-motel room tax ordinance and the city’s “adopt a park” proposal. The council meets tonight, 6pm, City Hall, at Coast Highway and Avery.

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