In the more than 10 years that I have lived in Cannon Beach, it seems to me that the primary focus of our local government has been to improve the lot of our local merchants. They have advertised and helped to build (through the Chamber of Commerce and others) a variety of activities and festivals that draw tourists from all over the world. We, the folks who live in Cannon Beach, are now paying a pretty heavy price for their success.
During weekends and even some weekdays, it is very difficult to get around this town because of the traffic. Folks park all around our homes and sometimes even in our driveways. The parked cars have become so thick in midtown that it would be almost impossible to get a fire truck down some streets. Is this really the way that we want to live here in Cannon Beach? I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t.
So, what is the solution? It’s pretty obvious. We need to have a place to park cars for those who are day visitors. Along with that, we need to strictly enforce all parking laws and have a fleet of vans or small buses to provide transportation around town.
I realize that this is a radical suggestion. It ranks right up there with constructing a bypass for U.S. Highway 101. Does anyone remember? Highway 101 used to go right through our little town. Since the bypass was constructed, life has gotten much better here. Seaside missed a great opportunity to do the same a few years back.
It was a totally different idea to have traffic be able to bypass our little town. I’m sure that at the time there was plenty of concern on the part of the merchants. The net result for all of us was a much more livable town. Cannon Beach has certainly become more popular since then.
We have the responsibility of sharing our great natural beauty with the rest of the world. What we do not have to do is make this place unpleasant for the people who live here. Unfortunately, this has already happened. The question now is what are we going to do about it?