I have a high-energy dog who likes to walk around Gearhart for one to two hours a day. I accompany him on these forays. We very much enjoy the usually quiet side streets, the magnificent trees along the Ridge Path, waving to friends driving by, stopping to chat with an acquaintance we encounter, viewing the houses and their gardens, eating blackberries.
We know a lot of people by name, and even more dogs. I have wonderful, friendly neighbors with whom I can visit, usually standing in the middle of the road, because we don’t have much traffic. To me, this is the essence of a small residential town, and I cherish it.
I also want to protect it. Living in a town with unlimited short-term rentals without regulations will be the demise of this way of life. We have a gem. Let’s be mindful, and not sell our soul. Please vote “no” on ballot Measure 4-188.