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Jul. 10th, 2008 @ 05:49 pm Help for the Washington Renaissance Faire
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July 15th Mason County Commissioners will be voting on the final approval for the temporary permit to allow us to run the Washington Renaissance Faire.

Unfortunately the Commissioners have been hearing constantly from a small but passionate and very vocal few who oppose our event.

We would like to ask that you contact the commissioners and respectfully voice your support so that when they vote, they know there is a very large majority of supporters.

Tim Sheldon: Tims@co.mason.wa.us
Ross Gallagher: rossg@co.mason.wa.us
Linda Ring Erickson: lyndare@co.mason.wa.us

Please pass this message to anyone who you believe may be interested in showing their support.

Your help and support is deeply appreciated, we are down to the wire and we need this permit.

Thank you.

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Date:July 11th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
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what could they possibly oppose about the event?
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Date:July 11th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
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Rumor has it that one of the opposition had other plans for the land.
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Date:July 11th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
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Here's the official petition, listing the reasons the opposition are using to try to get the permits denied.
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Date:July 11th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
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"Mr. Ron Cleveland of WRFF cleared land and trees in excess of 5000 board feet ILLEGALLY and was given a stop work order and then required to apply for a grading permit (GRD2008-00002) which has not been granted by Mason County yet. Per Mason County, the Department of Natural Reources has sent 'Notice of Non Compliance' based on the above mentioned Timber Harvest violation which in turn enacted a 'moratorium' which is currently recorded at the County Auditors Office.


The proposed site has its only access from a 2 lane, double blind winding, sloped no bank rural road. It has type 3 and type 4 streams which require conservation buffers as well as planned excavation portions containing slopes in excess of 45% which could create landslide potential."

Well, DID you clear that much land without a permit? It sounds like the land use wasn't particularly well thought through - what are you going to do about erosion control anyway? That's a lot of people tromping around and setting up tents. Why didn't you apply for the grading permit?

In your words, this is a "small but passionate and very vocal few", but they have some pretty valid points, and I would be more comfortable supporting your endeavor if you actually responded to them. What will you do if there's a fire? Or what if there's torrential rain and someone needs an ambulance and the mud is really horrid?
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Date:July 11th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
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I asked one of the faire organizers for a response to your questions, and here is the answer I received:

I have read that too, Victoria. Basically we are doing our best to plan to deal with the traffic issues. The Traffic study we did doesn't seem to implicate there will be a problem. We have the County Police that will be working with us (paid for by us) and the Fire/Ambulance folks (again paid for by us). The road after it is complete onto our site will be three lanes, giving us a two lane road that equals about one mile of staging for the parking lot. If we can get the parking lot completed there will be enough spaces that there should be no problem with the road backing up. They also mention the dangerous road. The speed limits posted on that road are 20 - 35 miles per hour and the traffic study also showed that most of the traffic on that road speeds 15 miles over the speed limit. That has nothing to do with traffic created by the Faire.

They have also mentioned the 'logging' that is being done, basically on that point we have taken down as few trees as possible, as directed by the Fire Marshal, to create a fire lane through the faire. The rest of the 'logging' was pulling out dead fall and unsafe trees.

One comment states that we are all pagan and they don't want that in their Christian community. Most of us are Christians as well. We have a priest who stays on site and has a chapel and we also have several ordained ministers. There are a few people who practice alternative religions, but definitely not the majority.

The last comment that I will discuss is the one that states that they already have a drug problem in their community and they feel that our guests will make that worse. I'm unsure how they expect our guests to make Their drug problem worse, but we do not allow illegal substances on our site, we have applied for a liquor license with the county and we have never had problem with the liquor control board. Most of our participants and families are middle class, working people who simply want a wholesome, fun activity to attend with their family.

I hope this helps to clear up some of the misconceptions.