Around the Point, August 2015

Following a successful inaugural Full Moon Boom drum circle in May, organizers are promoting two more this summer.

The May 3 drum circle at Caffe Capanna brought together 25 participants, from experienced drummers to first timers, said Ron Hughes. “There are a number of drummers in town and we’ve been talking about having some kind of drumming festival,” Hughes said. “We thought a drum circle would be a great place to start.”

Participants are encouraged to “enjoy the journey,” and participate at any level they feel comfortable. Drums aren’t even necessary; just bring “something to bang on.”

“There is no charge to participate but we are trying to promote donations to Dollars for Scholars,” Hughes said.

The next event is at Kiniski’s Reef Tavern on Friday, July 31 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Another Full Moon Boom is planned for August 29, at a location to be determined. More information is available at

Whatcom County code compliance staff continues to work on a series of code violation report submitted in November 2014.

The 14 properties where citizens reported violations were all inspected the month they were submitted, and all but one was determined o be in violation of county code.

Senior planner Suzanne Bosman said staff members were splitting up the rest and working with property owners to bring their properties into compliance.

The enforcement case for the In Out parcel service on Tyee Drive, which remodeled the building and changed their sign without a permit, has been closed following a February meeting with county staff and steady progress obtaining permits and meeting development and landscaping requirements.

A residential violation regarding illegal placement of an RV has also been resolved, and an unpermitted remodel is working on meeting permit requirements.

Notices of violation and notices of penalties have been issued to three properties: an unpermitted RV and boat storage on Tyee Drive, the property across from Brewster’s Fine Foods featuring a bus with a deck on the roof, and unpermitted clearing and grading on Gulf Road.

The seven other reported violations have not moved past an initial inspection. “We did not take enforcement action on all cases,” Bosman said. “We each took a few and the others are waiting to be assigned a case coordinator.”

Water quality at Maple Beach continues to exceed standards, according to Tom Kunesh, Food and Living Environment Program supervisor with the Whatcom County Health Department.

The health department, in conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation and the state department of ecology, has been testing the water quality at Maple Beach on a twice-monthly basis, the first time such testing has been done. The tests measure the levels of enteroccus bacteria, commonly found in human and other mammal guts.

The state recommends issuing an advisory if levels exceed 104 cfu/100 ml (colony forming units). So far, levels have been 10 cfu/100 ml or less this summer.

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