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I’m writing in response to Ralph Bloemers of Manzanita and his August 14, 2020 opinion piece on the ‘Doris Davis Trail.’ It is riddled with incorrect information, but I’m most disappointed with his claim that I put up wire fencing to block the ‘trail’ across two of the properties.

I’m a realtor and I in 2020 I briefly represented two of the property owners in the sale of their property. I advised them to post “No Trespassing” signs, not to put up a fence. Against my advice the property owners constructed the fencing themselves Subsequently I withdrew their listing.I must caution everyone against removing or damaging fencing on private property.

I strongly support private property rights, balanced with appropriate rights of public access. In this case, however, there are many ways for the public to access the beach from Classic Ridge without crossing private property. Besides the owners of the two parcels Mr. Bloemers mentioned, the property rights of three other owners are impacted before people reach the public road.

Mr Bloemers did not contact me to confirm the accuracy of his opinion piece. Further, I’m concerned that the paper has publish information which encourages people to damage private property.I’d also remind Mr Bloemers that there is a proposal to create a trail to the beach on an existing public right-of-way in Manzanita that would give equal access to everyone on Classic Ridge and provide another tsunami evacuation path.

David Matthews

Manzanita

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