Mike Nelson announces Waterfront Protection Plan
Last updated 6/22/2019 at Noon
City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Mike Nelson on June 21 announced his Waterfront Protection Plan for next steps in "protecting our community and our waterfront."
“Everyone agrees we should have reliable emergency access to the other side of the tracks,” Nelson wrote in a news release.
It was Nelson who made the motion to halt the connector's progress on June 18.
“But it is clear the costly connector bridge is not the answer. Our community cares deeply for our beaches and believes that they should be protected. Our community also wants our City to use their tax dollars carefully. I will be submitting the Waterfront Protection Plan to City Council shortly.
“This plan will help guide our next steps in evaluating more affordable solutions to provide reliable emergency access that protects our community and prevents harm to our waterfront.”
Here’s Nelson’s outline for the plan:
New task force to review other solutions
Request the Council President to create a new task force within 30 days to review other emergency access alternatives from previous study/report and make recommendations with a preliminary report to be completed in 60 days. The task force will take in concerns of the community and be comprised of Edmonds residents, councilmembers, city staff and EMS/Fire representatives.
Improve EMS response in short-term
Work with South County Fire on additional immediate response options and shovel ready enhancement projects that can be implemented while a more permanent solution is being considered by the task force and Council.
Work with public health experts to identify steps the City and railroad community can take to help prevent rail suicides.
Protect our beaches
Introduce new legislation that protects and preserves Edmonds’ beaches and wildlife for future generations.