Category Archives: Shorelines

April on Bainbridge: Planning, Politics, and Poetry

Jon Quitslund Forget April in Paris!  There’s lots to do close to home.  Spring in the air . . . but as Groucho Marx said to Margaret Dumont, If I sprung in the air I’d fall in the lake! April … Continue reading

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‘Visioning’ and the Vision Statement in Our Comprehensive Plan

‘Visioning’ and the Vision Statement in Our Comprehensive Plan Jon Quitslund In two workshops on Nov. 12 and 17, I took part in discussions of the ‘Vision Statement’ that serves as a preamble to our current Comprehensive Plan.  The workshops … Continue reading

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Our “Island Values”: What Are They?

Jon Quitslund A while ago the managers of Inside Bainbridge, an invaluable online source for news and commentary on local affairs, put up “Tips for Bainbridge Island Newbies (& Visitors).”  I found the tips both witty and informative.  Among the … Continue reading

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My Sense of Place (II), Concluded

Jon Quitslund This essay was composed in two separate time frames, beginning more than a month ago. I’ve revised the first part but some awkwardness remains. In the bright and warm weather earlier in the month, I spent the best … Continue reading

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Citizen Involvement in Planning for Waterfront Park

Jon Quitslund Citizens with many different interests and talents will soon have an opportunity to work together on a major project for the benefit of our community. The City has begun to plan for significant improvements in the Waterfront Park … Continue reading

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Stewardship and Regulations

Jon Quitslund                                                       The land was ours before we were the land’s. She was our land more than a hundred years Before we were her people. — Robert Frost, ‘The Gift Outright’ We are near the end of … Continue reading

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Mussels Watching Our Waters

Mussels will be watching our waters around the island for the next several months.  As filter feeders, mussels take in whatever is in the water column in which they live, including good things like plankton and bad things like chemicals … Continue reading

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“Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth”

My title for this piece is the subtitle of the book I’ll be discussing here: HOT, by Mark Hertsgaard, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2011 and now available in paperback. Throughout my work on this piece and in all … Continue reading

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“Nonconforming” Shoreline Development (Part II)

Jon Quitslund I’m bound to acknowledge that the term “nonconforming” arouses some people, and it worries others.  Senate bill 5451 was written in response to a politically significant concern.  In the end, the legislature didn’t deal conclusively with the issue … Continue reading

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Regulatory Regimes and Citizens’ Resistance

Jon Quitslund The specific instances of controversy over our SMP update lead me to some general reflections on regulations in our community, and the angry resistance that has been mounted against them. There’s a broad historical background to this resistance, … Continue reading

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