Back on June 8, the Trojan Heron blogged about the over-budget redesign of Odlin Park on Lopez. I am unaware of any pressing need to redesign this park, and in fact, many long-time Lopezians have a soft spot for the park the way it is. They consider it the only park that has truly been the "locals" park on Lopez over the years. In the old days, the island even hosted the 4th of July celebrations there, complete with a community ball game ("marrieds" versus "unmarrieds") mixed in with other park festivities.
But someone got it in their head that the park had to be redesigned, including the addition of many more camping spaces for tourists. For some, this is just one more example of how the local government here will go to any lengths to make the place friendlier to tourists and less friendly to islanders.
The cost overruns at Odlin are attributed substantially to the cost of complying with a variety of environmental regulations. As mentioned in the earlier post, it would seem the County is squarely in its own crosshairs on the CAOs/SMP since it will be increasing its own costs. Odlin Park is the harbinger of things to come.
In the attached video, you'll see what a circus we have become. As long as it's "within our bonding capability," it seems that the jokers on the Council will laugh it off and go along with anything. I wonder how long before our bondholders decide that the financial risk associated with our grant-loving, debt-making, economy-killing approach to running a County is no laughing matter.