- Pratt - 3,359 to Jarman - 3,421
- Byers - 3,356 to Hughes - 3,485
- McClerren - 2,783 to Stephens - 3,701
Combining these figures with the PDC totals, fundraising-per-vote amounted to the following (with Trust Islanders fundraising spread evenly across Jarman, Hughes, and McClerren).
- Byers - $9.12 per vote
- Jarman - $7.74 per vote ($5.41 per vote without Trust Islanders)
- Pratt - $6.96 per vote
- Hughes - $5.87 per vote ($3.58 per vote without Trust Islanders)
- McClerren - $5.51 per vote ($2.68 per vote without Trust Islanders)
- Stephens - $5.24 per vote
The elections may be over, but there is still plenty of controversy in our islands. Many of our fellow citizens continue to push for greater regulation, even if they don't follow the rules themselves. Also, the Pictometry mess is raising important questions about privacy, and the Friends and their friends (e.g., Futurewise) are gearing up for battle about the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) update.
More to come in future posts on all that ... and more.
The better approach would be to prevent construction of new homes where they will ever need armoring and then prohibit the construction of armoring for that home. Once shoreline erosion reaches the home, it must either be removed from the shore, or rebuilt further upland.
And in response to the argument that preservation of aesthetically stunning landscapes is elitist, I would argue that transferring the benefits of natural views of the shoreline from the public to wealthy, shoreline property owners is rather elitist.
For those passing by water, all the homes may be considered visual blight.
-- Stephanie Buffum (8/13/09) Executive Director, Friends of the San Juans