Island Beach Access
 

Wonn Road Legal White Paper - January 2016

 

Wonn Road Background Presentation - May 2014

 

Marissa Lane Letters and Issues - September 2012

 

Marissa Lane Survey - Fall 2012

 

Shore Stewards News - July/August 2011

 

Shoreline Public Access Sign Manual - April 19, 1985

 

Island Beach Access

Universal Beach Accessibility Project in the News.

Island Beach Access has been working with government officials to make beach access available to all. Our latest project, Universal Beach Accessibility, is gaining steam as we work to get our pilot project off the ground at Clinton Beach Park.

About a year ago, we determined that identifying, posting signage and making the public aware of beach access was not enough. There are many of our friends and neighbors that, once they arrive at the beach, find it difficult or impossible to get to the water's edge. That prompted us to start work to improve beaches to allow everyone to enjoy them.

On Saturday, the South Whidbey Record published an article about our efforts, driven by the great work of Mel Trenor, to improve our beaches to accomplish this goal. You can read the article here for more information about what we are doing. Please keep checking our website for more updates on this and our other exciting endeavors as we will be updating frequently.

If you are interested in assisting with this or any other project, you can find out more by contacting us or attending a monthly meeting held at the WiFire Cafe (Whidbey Tel) in Freeland on the second Friday of every month. Our meeting schedule is available on our event calendar.

As you know, we are a volunteer manned and funded Washington State not-for-profit and our resources depend on you. Please donate what you can and remember that with the assistance of WILST (Whidbey Island Land & Shore Trust), your donations are tax deductible. To see the Washington Secretary of State Not-For-Profit registration for WILST, click here.

Getting to the Beach

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 FormPDF reader required.. 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

If you see an article, video clip, or webcast related to public beach access encroachment, please let us know by emailing IBA or go to our contact page for other options.

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