Island Beach Access
The August 27th South Whidbey Record article headline "Montgomery Won" is misleading.
In the Wonn Road case there have been motions for summary judgment from both sides and all have been denied because the judge found that there were questions as to the facts.
This does not mean that either side has won. There has been no decision as to who owns the land at the end of Wonn Road. Judge Riquelme merely found that questions of material fact exist in relation to the plat in question which cannot be resolved in summary judgment.
When the case goes to trial on October 11, the facts will be presented and the judge or jury will decide. Montgomery's lawyers only managed to convince the judge that there are disagreements as to the material facts requiring the case to move on to trial.
The judge did not rule on who owns the tidelands. At the trial the judge will also have to rule on any questions of law, and make a decision regarding ownership of the uplands and tidelands at the end of Wonn Road.
IBA is a small not for profit organization comprised of volunteers who are dedicated to preserving public beach accesses and our resources are limited. We are in the final stretches of clarifying ownership on this historic road end. Victory in court is far from certain but our case is strong. Please donate to Island Beach Access today and help us reach a positive outcome at this trial.
If every person who enjoys Whidbey's fine beaches contributed what they could afford, we would go a long way to ensuring that people will have access to Island County beaches for years to come.
For a significant summary of the dispute details: Wonn Road Background Presentation - May 2014.
Getting to the Beach
Island County offers a wide variety of beach experiences. This map will provide you with all the information that you need to make your visit. Click here or on the map to start your day at the beach.
For all you Kayakers out there, Whidbey Island Sea Kayakers has generously provided some instructions and information for kayaking around Whidbey Island. You can see what they have to offer at http://www.islandbeachaccess.org/WISK.
Interested in the history of Island County's government?
We now have the Board of Island County Commissioners’ meeting minutes dating from 1853 until 2003. Take a look!
Public land encroachment is not just an Island County Issue
ICFBA is dedicated to the preservation of public beach access primarily through stopping private encroachment on public county road ends leading to those beaches but these aren't the only places in which encroachment issues occur. These events sometimes reach public attention through the media in articles like this one in the Seattle Weekly News on May 23, 2007 and The Seattle Times follow-up article dated May 4, 2012. They are not issues of disparity of class or public status but enforcement of the public right to utilize and enjoy those lands set aside for the use and enjoyment of all.
An example of encroachment on public lands has occurred at Marissa Lane. If you have witnessed this or would just like to help reverse this encroachment, please print this form and add any thing that you might have witnessed then print, sign and mail it to the Island County Department of Planning and Community Development at the address found below.
If you are aware of cases of public land encroachment in Island County, please let the county Enforcement Office know by using the Island County Planning & Community Development Complaint Investigation Form. All you have to do is complete the form, sign and date, then mail it to:
Jason Johnson, Enforcement Planner
Island County Dept of Planning and Community Development
P. O. Box 5000
Coupeville, WA 98239