Island Beach Access

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September 2012

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Island Beach Access

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.

As you know, IBA is an all-volunteer Washington not-for-profit organization. Our financial resources are all donated by people like you.

IBA has been represented by the Seattle environmental and land use law firm, Bricklin & Newman, LLP. To keep legal expenses as low as possible, one of our members, a licensed attorney, has volunteered to lead our all-volunteer legal team, IBA-LEGAL. Team members include professionals from fields other than law and are working hard on your behalf. Still, we do have legal expenses. Please consider a generous donation to help us keep up with the legal expenses.

Please donate what you can and remember that, with the assistance of our fiscal sponsor, WILST (Whidbey Island Land & Shore Trust, a 501(c)(3) organization, your donations to IBA are eligible for a charitable tax deduction, depending on your tax situation. To see WILST in the IRS list of qualifying charitable organizations, click here.

Getting to the Beach

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.

For all you Kayakers out there, Whidbey Island Sea Kayakers has generously provided some instructions and information for kayaking around Whidbey Island. You can see what they have to offer at

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 FormPDF reader required.. All you have to do is complete the form, 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

If you see an article, video clip, or webcast related to public beach access encroachment, please let us know by emailing IBA or go to our contact page for other options.

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