Anti-tower fundraisers planned

By Meg Olson

This summer a string of fundraisers for the “Fight the Towers” coalition will work to fill up the coalition’s war chest as they look towards fighting an appeal by proponents of an AM radio tower farm on the Point.

BBC Broadcasting Inc. has filed an appeal in state Superior Court challenging Whatcom County’s interpretation of land use rules in denying their application to build a  array of five 150-tall transmission towers on the corner of Tyee Drive and McKenzie Way. The county hearing examiner denied their application in November 2014 because the towers did not meet height restrictions and no exemption to those rules exists in county code. Whatcom County Council upheld the decision in January 2015 and the applicants have now appealed that decision to Skagit County Superior Court.

Whatcom County submitted a certified copy of the record of proceedings being appealed in May and it is expected briefs will go back and forth over the summer with an eye on a court date in September.

On June 7 at the Harris Barn in Ladner the Delta Dreamlife Art and Lifestyle Auction will raise money for the coalition’s legal bills as they challenge the appeal. There will be both a silent and a live auction featuring work by local artists in a variety of mediums, travel packages and “unique experiences.” Doors open at 1 p.m. and the live auction begins at 2:30 p.m. The silent auction runs from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Beer and wine will be available and cash, check and credit cards are accepted.

On July 25 the Point Roberts Registered Voters Association will host a golf tournament at the Point Roberts Golf and Country Club which will also raise funds for the Fight the Towers legal fund.

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