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<br />Michelle McConnell <br />From:Sally Dern [] <br />Sent:Tuesday, May 11, 2010 4:19 PM <br />To:Stewart, Jeff R. (ECY) <br />Subject:Jefferson County Shoreline Master Program Amendment <br />Categories:LASMP Public Comment <br /> <br />Dear Mr. Stewart, <br /> <br /> <br />As property owners on Marrowstone Island for 16 years, we are totally opposed to this amendment in it's current form <br /> <br />for the following reasons; <br /> <br /> <br />1. It will decrease our property values under the"legal nonconforming" designation which will affect insurance premiums <br />and resale. Why should property owners adhere to building regulations if down the road the county can retroactively <br /> <br />change <br /> <br />the rules without a "grandfather" clause, thus making our home illegal ,all without compensation or court action? <br /> <br /> <br />2. Selective enforcement of the setback footage. Port Townsend has a setback of 50 feet and Marrowstone Island has a <br /> <br />setback of 150 feet. Is the water here more special than in Poet Townsend? <br /> <br /> <br />We strongly support protecting the environment.We added considerable expense to the cost of building our home to <br /> <br />protect the environment. We feel a little COMMON SENSE should be used on a subject of such importance. <br /> <br /> <br />Thank you for your attention regarding this matter. <br /> <br /> <br />Sincerely, <br /> <br /> <br />John Dern Jr. and Sarah J. Dern <br />1 <br />