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UPDATE | Deadline passes and Visconsi protest continues
The 4 p.m. Tuesday deadline for Chiara D’Angelo to leave her protest platform in a Douglas fir tree on the Visconsi development site came and passed without a single Bainbridge police officer at the property near Highway 305 and High School Road.
City officials had indicated earlier that D’Angelo would be viewed as a trespasser by 4 p.m. Aug. 19 and could be removed by Bainbridge police if she didn't leave the tree stand where she is protesting against a new shopping center.
Visconsi, an Ohio-based development company, has plans to build a seven-building commercial center on the forested 8.14-acre property at the corner of Highway 305 and High School Road. Opponents of the project say it will worsen traffic at the busy intersection and mean the loss of more than 800 trees.
D’Angelo scaled a fir tree on the property early Monday to protest in what's believed to be the first "tree sit" in Washington state since 1999.
"We're still very hopeful that this situation is going to resolve itself," said Kellie Stickney, spokeswoman for the city of Bainbridge Island.
A rally in support of D'Angelo started at the property at 3 p.m. Tuesday and has drawn more than 140 people.