Letters to the Editor

Rose project is in the wrong place

Just a note to compliment the thoughtful editorial on the Rose project (“Another chance to comment on Rose project,” page A4, May 27 Herald). Though the project seems to have much to recommended it, you are correct that it is in the wrong place.

When my wife and I first saw the signs posted at the site, we wondered who would be crazy enough to build in a bog subject to floods, though it seems they plan to stay clear of Dogfish Creek. But as recent events suggest, it is nearly impossible to really stay clear of flooding rivers or creeks. Even if homes do not float down Dogfish and into the bay — in dramatic fashion — residents will complain to government and precious wetlands will end up compromised in order to placate.

The park near the mouth of Dogfish is a wonderful start, so why not continue it up the hill?

Perhaps the city or county can swap some land appropriate for development for this land that is clearly not. At its present size, and no matter what they say, it is going to impact one of the swiftest, prettiest and most salmon-filled streams in North Kitsap. History says so.

Bob Smaus

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