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Depoe Bay to fight marine reserve

Posted: Friday, Nov 19th, 2010

City council votes to reject findings of citizen committee

The Depoe Bay City Council voted Nov. 16 to reject the findings of a citizen committee for a new marine reserve at Cascade Head.

Though the city council has no authority in the matter, it may have enough skin in the game to sway state officials who will pass their recommendations to the legislature for a final vote, according to Councilman Jack Brown.

“It will cut ice with OPAC because it’s the City of Depoe Bay,” said Brown, who also happens to be a member of the influential Ocean Policy Advisory Committee (OPAC) that will act on the decision of the Cascade Head Community Action Team. “Little towns like Depoe Bay have a lot of power, and to some degree, we can trump a decision.”

The city council wants state officials to move the proposed southern boundary of the marine reserve north to the 45th Parallel at Neotsu. The idea came after testimony by Loren Goddard, a charter operator and member of the Cascade Head Community Team that produced a brittle compromise between fishers and environmentalists on Nov. 11.

For the complete article see the 11-19-2010 issue.

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