Island Beach Access
Are you one of the 40 people who have been subpoenaed by Bruce Montgomery in the Wonn Road public beach access lawsuit – just because you filled out an Island County survey form? Island Beach Access is finding out what your legal rights are and expects to have information for you next week. Stay tuned.
Island Beach Access Intervenes in Greenbank Shore Lawsuit
On August 23, Island Beach Access (IBA) was granted Intervenor status by the court in the lawsuit between Island County and Bruce Montgomery over whether the road end and tidelands at the end of Wonn Road in Greenbank are public. We now need your help!
Since the late 1800s people and commerce have accessed Greenbank by boat to the dock and road end until 2008 when Montgomery built a wall, blocking access from either side. After over 40 years of urging by the public, a former prosecutor, and 2 sets of County Commissioners (1973 and 2009), the Island County Prosecutor finally filed a lawsuit March 6, 2013 to reclaim the public access.
IBA is represented by the Seattle environmental and land use law firm Bricklin & Newmann, LLP. Please make a donation to help us with these legal expenses. 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 and Shore Trust), your donations are tax deductible.
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.
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 Form. All you have to do is complete the form, print, 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