Marine is the right choice | Letter

Oct 23, 2013

Editor, The Beacon:

Joe Marine is a hands-on kind of mayor.  Joe believes in getting involved to help solve community problems.

With regards to waterfront redevelopment, Joe Marine has been highly congratulated by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Port of Everett Executive Director John Mohr, Tribes Chairman Mel Sheldon, WSF Assistant Secretary David Moseley and others for his involvement and city leadership in the transfer of the Mukilteo Tank Farm.

This new ownership will reopen the property back to the citizens for use and provide a new Mukilteo ferry terminal designed to improve operations, transit connections and safety.

Unfortunately, there is a candidate running for City Council, who still supports the “No Build” option at the current ferry landing.

She apparently does not fully understand or appreciate the seriousness of safety between pedestrians and vehicles present when the ferry off loads.  There have been many near misses and unreported contacts.

I am sure many of you, who are reading this letter, have witnessed this while waiting tirelessly in line to get through that intersection at SR-525 and Front Street.

Fortunately, thanks to Joe Marine's involvement, the relocation of the terminal to the Tank Farm will free up this very major problem.

Little has been disclosed about some of the major problems Rosehill Community Center had, that would have immensely added to the cost of updating Rosehill to meet current building standards.

One problem was the large amount of mold present downstairs that had a serious affect on some people who were there. I know of two people that had to receive medical help because of the affects of that mold.

Another problem was discovered when the building was torn down.  The exterior concrete walls were not sized or fortified with proper rebar that would meet today's earthquake requirements.

Voters made the right choice to replace the old building with a new and stronger one, which Joe Marine supported.

For years, Marine has addressed these and many more city issues.  He has worked diligently with other agencies and departments to come up with decisions that would be in the best interest of the community, and those outcomes have been supported by the majority.

It would be in the best interest of the people of Mukilteo to retain Joe Marine as mayor, so he can continue to be directly involved with the ongoing issues yet to be resolved.

Your vote for Joe Marine as mayor will do this.


Don Van Winkle,


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