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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

April, 2006

 

Pt. Reyes Letter To An Inverness Resident

Thank you for your email. Sadly, you are missing the whole point of why PRS residents are so upset with the Giacomini/ Fed. Park landswap deal. Since you live in Inverness, I am hoping to help you comprehend how we in Point Reyes Station feel.
Perhaps you don't remember the original deal that was made between the Park and the Giacomini's. In this original deal , there was not even a possibility of any discussion regarding whether cows are better or worse than development, as is now happening. The land bought by the Park offered PRS residents a clear vision with C Street being a segue into the wetlands, a view for the town and peace. No cows, no development -- only wetlands pure and simple. We supported that, by vote and by money.

However in this original deal, the Giacominis held onto three separate small parcels bordering C street, each with publicly bought acreage between them. The three Giacomini parcels in size are: 0 .99 acres, 0.45 acres and 1.3 acres. Now the infill agreed upon by this incongruous trade makes a solid 8 acre Giacomini parcel, extending the whole length of C street, blocking off all access to the Wetlands and also blocking off the view.

This 8 acre parcel created by the trade can be used by the Giacominis as they wish, (depending of course, on County permission).

At the public meeting on this issue, you offered that the most additional number of units you could envision on the edge of the wetlands was 10 houses. Actually, that did not take into consideration the A-60 acreage that the Park has also dumped into the deal. Only the most naive would assume that the A-60 zoning will not be changed to accommodate development, with both Gary Giacomini and Steve Kinsey (Gary's protˇgˇ) attuned to same.

For your information, the town was, on many occasions promised by Don Neubacher personally, that the only remainder of the Giacomini Ranch would be Waldo's old house and the duck shack. Other than that, nothing. NOW, at the last minute, the specter of high-end, intense development of wetlands view sites has been raised in order to keep the park restoration on schedule. This is just not acceptable.

Pretty much the same individuals, mostly non-PRS residents, who supported and twisted arms to get the failed EAH project foisted upon us, are supporting this give-away deal to the Giacominis at the expense of the town. To add more insult to injury, the money that the Giacominis will be expected to pay to "somewhat" equalize this crazy deal will go into Bush's war chest. The town answers NO. Not again. The restoration of the wetlands, as a legacy for Don Neubacher and company, can take place as planned, just a little slower maybe. Or is Point Reyes Station to be sacrificed to the NOW ethic of some people?

Janet Schlitt
Pt. Reyes Station

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