Although not nearly as involved as I should have been, I still feel heavily invested in the Lincoln County ballot measure safeguarding residentially zoned areas in unincorporated Lincoln County.
With internet and social media, no longer is the renting out of quaint unobtrusive cottages the oddity but, over time, has become a burgeoning business, and now many homes are fair game. This industry should be limited to areas zoned for such business. I kept two particularly offensive mailers from the “vote no” contingency: I am very pleased that the voters of Lincoln County were not intimidated.
More hard work is needed as Lincoln County commissioners have seldom been critical thinkers about the future regarding our neighborhoods and vacation rentals. Lincoln County has not been willing to take the corrective measures actually needed to make a difference. This is, as of yet, an unfinished process, but instead of fighting this ballot measure, glory in the opportunity it offers to make a real difference. Just say “no” to doing nothing or just making a token effort: do the right thing. There are residents of Lincoln County who have put their time, their energy, and resources into, against all odds, crafting a ballot measure and seeing that the voters had access to the information needed to make an informed decision when voting.
Let’s keep our eyes on the ball. Let’s keep our eyes on other jurisdictions in Lincoln County that can do better as well.