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Marine Sanctuary

City of Edmonds Beaches are marine sanctuaries. No fishing, clamming, crabbing, or collection of shells, rocks, driftwood, or other marine life is allowed. In addition, their are no fires or alcohol. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on any city beach.

Dogs are only allowed at the Off-Leash Area south of Marina Beach Park, however dogs must remain under their owners voice control at all times. Scoop laws are in effect to protect the water quality.

 

City Ordinances Regarding Protected Status of Beaches:

Check with City of Edmonds for up to date information.

5.32.005 Definitions.
When used in this chapter the following terms shall have the following meanings:
A. "Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary" means that marine resource area lying between the inner harbor line and the western most boundary of the railroad right of way and between the ferry dock on Main Street and a line extending due west from the end of Caspers Street. The Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary is reserved solely to provide the public, scientists and students the opportunity to examine over a period of time the ecological relationships within such area.
B. "Motorized boat" means any boat or other water craft propelled by any device that converts any form of energy into mechanical energy, including, but not limited to internal combustion engines, electric motors, steam engines, or sails specifically excepting, however, water craft powered solely by human exertion.
C. "Park" refers to public parks, including underwater parks, beaches and playgrounds, owned by, leased or otherwise under the direct supervision and/or control of the city of Edmonds.
D. "Scuba diving" refers to the acts of persons who are in, upon or under the water either wearing or otherwise utilizing any breathing device intended to extend the user's time under water beyond his normal lung capacity.
E. "Skin diving" and/or "free diving" refers to the acts of a person who is in, upon or under the water while wearing an exposure suit, swim fins and face mask (or goggles).
F. "Buoyancy compensator" refers to an inflatable, personal vest, suit, or other device, attached to the diver and/or the diver's equipment that is capable of being inflated to provide surface flotation for the diver. [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 2284 § 1, 1872; Ord. 1991 § 1, 1978; Ord. 1507 § 1, 1970].


Applicable to ALL BEACHES:


5.32.105 For collection of marine life on city beaches - Permit required.
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly engage in any of the following activities on any public beach in the city of Edmonds without first obtaining a permit from the Edmonds parks and recreation director or designee:
1. To take, possess, injure, or destroy any bird, mollusk, crustacean, marine or intertidal algae or plant, or any other marine or intertidal organism of any kind whatsoever.
2. To possess any device intended for the taking of birds, mollusks, crustaceans, marine or intertidal algae or plants or any other marine or intertidal organisms, including but not limited to shovels, clam "guns", buckets, crab pots or traps, hooks, spears or spear guns of every kind and description, nets for capturing or retaining in one's possession marine life, gaffs, or any other similar device.
B. The parks and recreation director may issue permits for the collection of any marine life from public beaches, other than the Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary, whenever the issuance of such permit will not materially jeopardize the continued viability of marine life on such Edmonds public beaches, or otherwise be contrary to the continued use and enjoyment of the city's public beaches.
C. Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary, as otherwise regulated by this chapter, shall not be subject to the provisions of this section. [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 2402 § 2, 1983].

5.32.080 Prohibited acts on beaches adjacent to underwater parks.
It is unlawful for any person to violate any of the following regulations on the city park and beach lying north of the ferry dock on Main Street extended and south of the bathhouse situated on Sunset Beach:

A. When having in his or her possession scuba or free diving equipment the additional possession of any device designed for the taking of fish, bivalves, mollusks, crustaceans or other marine plant or animal life including, but not limited to, fishing lines, poles or hooks, spears or spear guns of every kind and description, nets for taking or collecting already taken marine life, gaffs, stringers designed for attaching fish, or any other similar hunting and/or fishing device of every kind and description; provided, however, nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the following:
1. The wearing by scuba or free divers of knives properly sheathed which are customarily used by scuba or free divers;
2. The possession of fishing tackle designed for fishing from above the surface of the water (excluding scuba or skin diving equipment) from the fishing pier or breakwater provided by the city. [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 2402 § 1, 1983; Ord. 1991 § 4, 1978; Ord. 1507 § 1, 1970].

5.32.070 Prohibited acts within underwater parks.
The following acts are unlawful and are prohibited within the boundary of any underwater park:
A. Possession of any device designated for the taking of fish, bivalves, mollusks, crustaceans, or other marine plant and/or animal life including, but not limited to, fish lines, poles or hooks, spears or spear guns of every kind and description, nets for taking or collecting already taken marine life, gaffs, stringers designed for attaching fish, or any other similar hunting and/or fishing device of every kind and description; provided, however, nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the wearing by scuba divers or skin divers of knives properly sheathed which are customarily used by divers;
B. The taking or possession of any fish, bivalve, mollusk, crustacean or any other type of marine organism, whether plant or animal, of any kind and description;
C. Scuba diving and/or free diving alone or without a "buddy" or scuba diving companion both of which persons shall be capable of mutual rescue;
D. Scuba diving or possession of scuba diving apparel and equipment, unless in possession of written proof of being certified by an instructional program recognized by the Washington council of skin diving clubs or in possession of a current registration card issued by the supervisor of safety, state of Washington, department of labor and industries, pertaining to scuba diving;
E. Scuba diving without wearing a buoyancy compensator. [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 1991 § 3, 1978; Ord. 1921 § 1, 1977; Ord. 1507 § 1, 1970].

5.05.060 Dogs on public grounds.
A. It shall be unlawful for an owner to allow any dog to stray and/or enter with or without a leash or other means of restraint upon any school ground, playfield, park, beach, waterfront or other public property.
B. Notwithstanding the restrictions set forth in subsection A of this section, dogs accompanied by their owners may be walked or exercised while on leash in the following areas:
1. The inner trails of Yost Park, in the area commonly known as the Shell Valley area; and
2. Marina Beach Park, in the area south of the Union Oil loading terminal, such area being further described to be a walking strip of 50 feet in width at the entrance of and along the east end of Marina Beach Park South; and
3. The asphalted pathways in Sierra Park; and
4. The inner trails of Pine Ridge Park; and
5. All trails in Maplewood Park; and
6. The southeast wooded area of City Park; and
7. The turf area of Mathay-Ballinger Park; and
8. The asphalted pathways of Seaview Park.
C. All dogs permitted in the areas designated in subsection B of this section shall be on a leash except for dogs permitted in Marina Beach Park South.
D. Nothing herein shall be determined to require the posting of notices to exclude animals; provided, however, that such postings may be undertaken at the discretion of the manager of parks and recreation.
E. The regulations under ECC 5.05.070 <edmonds5.html> relating to animal waste and the removal and proper disposal of said waste will be strictly enforced. [Ord. 3451 § 1, 2003].

5.32.040 Drinking intoxicants in public parks prohibited.
It is unlawful for any person to consume any intoxicating liquor as defined by ECC 5.19.010 <#5.19.010> , within any public park, beach or playground within the city of Edmonds whether owned by, leased or otherwise under the supervision of the city. [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 1486 § 1, 1970].
5.32.050 Horses and similar animals.
Unless otherwise directed by the director of parks and recreation as set forth in ECC 5.05.150 <#5.05.150> , it is unlawful for any person to ride, lead or otherwise permit any horse, jackass, mule, donkey, burro and/or bovine animal to be within or on any park. [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 1507 § 1, 1970].

5.32.060 Underwater park regulations.
In addition to the regulations applicable to all parks as set forth in the Edmonds City Code, the following additional regulations shall be applicable to underwater parks and it is unlawful for any person to violate the terms thereof.
A. Boating and Submersible Vehicles. Subject to written permission as provided below, it is unlawful for any person to water ski, operate any type of boat or watercraft of every kind and description, including, but not limited to boats propelled manually, by wind or motor driven, over or within any underwater park or delineated ingress or egress area into or away from said underwater park, or within 200 feet in any direction of said underwater park or area delineated for ingress or egress into or away from said underwater park; provided:
1. Nonsubmersible paddle boards, rubber rafts or inner tubes used as safety flotation devices by scuba divers or free divers shall not be prohibited; and
2. Inflatable rafts or boats propelled manually may be used for instructional purposes only during classes conducted by an instructor certified by agencies set forth in ECC 5.32.070 <#5.32.070> D herein.
B. Scuba Diving and/or Free Diving. Subject to the written permission provided below, it is unlawful for any person to scuba dive and/or free dive within 300 feet of any public boat launching or mooring facilities and/or public ferry landings except in city owned or leased underwater parks.
C. Nonswimming areas may be designated as set forth in ECC 5.10.080 <#5.10.080> through 5.10.082 <#5.10.082> . [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 1991 § 2, 1978; Ord. 1507 § 1, 1970].

5.22.030 Outdoor burning ban.
A. Outdoor burning means the combustion of material of any type in an open fire or in an outdoor container.
B. Notwithstanding any other code provision to the contrary, it shall be unlawful for any person to engage in outdoor burning within the city limits of Edmonds, except as provided herein in this chapter.
C. This section shall not apply to: (1) fires which are burned for fire-fighting training; or (2) small cooking fires (consisting solely of charcoal, natural gas, propane or seasoned natural wood) and campfires at designated state, county and city campgrounds.
D. Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, be punished as provided in ECC 5.50.020 <#5.50.020> . This penalty provision shall be in effect until December 31, 2000; thereafter, the penalties for violation of this section shall be the same as specified in RCW 70.94.430 and 70.94.431 as they now exist or may hereafter be amended. [Ord. 2886 § 1, 1992].

Applicable to the Brackett's Landing Underwater Park:


5.10.055 Watercraft - No wake zone.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any watercraft within the hereinafter defined no wake zones in such a manner as to create a visible wake. No wake zones are hereby defined to be:
A. Within the boat harbor of the port of Edmonds, such area to be identified as lying within the breakwater maintained by the port;
B. Over the Edmonds underwater park as designed by markers and buoys; and/or
C. Within 50 yards of any public beach, swimming area or fishing pier.
This provision shall not apply to watercraft operated by the Washington State Ferry System nor to any watercraft operated for emergency or rescue purposes by the city of Edmonds, port of Edmonds, Snohomish County or state of Washington. [Ord. 2533, 1985].

Applicable to Olympic Beach:


5.32.085 Scuba and skin diving prohibited.
A. Except as authorized in ECC 5.32.090 <#5.32.090> , no person shall scuba or skin dive in the following described area:
Those waters lying northerly and easterly of a line extending from a boundary marker on the northwest corner of the northern breakwater of the port of Edmonds marina, that line extending northwesterly 275 feet to a marker buoy, thence northeasterly 1,050 feet to a marker buoy, thence southeasterly to the northeastern end of the city of Edmonds public beach.
B. The Edmonds parks and recreation department shall place appropriate notices prohibiting scuba and skin diving in the area above. [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 1991 § 5, 1978; Ord. 1908, 1977].

Applicable to the Fishing Pier:

5.32.100 Fishing pier regulations.
It shall be unlawful for any person to violate any of the following regulations on the Edmonds public fishing pier at the Edmonds boat harbor adjacent to Dayton Beach Park:
A. No person shall permit any animal to enter or remain on the fishing pier; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to seeing eye dogs that are being used by blind persons for the purpose of aiding them going from place to place.
B. No person shall use or operate any wheeled vehicle upon the fishing pier, including but not limited to any motor vehicle, bicycle, roller skates or skateboard; provided, however, this section shall not apply to authorized police, fire and public works vehicles, wheelchairs being used by handicapped persons and carriages for infants.
C. No person shall cast fishing tackle of any kind or description, including but not limited to, hooks, lines and/or sinkers, from the fishing pier at any location where signs are posted to prohibit such casting. [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 2337 § 1, 1982; Ord. 2065 § 1, 1979].

Boating Code:


5.10.055 Watercraft - No wake zone.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any watercraft within the hereinafter defined no wake zones in such a manner as to create a visible wake. No wake zones are hereby defined to be:
A. Within the boat harbor of the port of Edmonds, such area to be identified as lying within the breakwater maintained by the port;
B. Over the Edmonds underwater park as designed by markers and buoys; and/or
C. Within 50 yards of any public beach, swimming area or fishing pier.
This provision shall not apply to watercraft operated by the Washington State Ferry System nor to any watercraft operated for emergency or rescue purposes by the city of Edmonds, port of Edmonds, Snohomish County or state of Washington. [Ord. 2533, 1985].

Misc.


5.05.131 Wild animals.
No person shall own any wild animal unless he has obtained a permit from the State Game Department and/or Federal Fish and Wildlife Service; provided, that the animal control authority may allow a person to temporarily care for an infant or injured wild animal native to this area which is homeless while the person acquires the necessary state and/or federal permits. Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine or both. [Ord. 3451 § 1, 2003].


5.05.132 Inherently dangerous animal.
It is unlawful for any person to possess or maintain an inherently dangerous animal within the city of Edmonds. Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine or both. [Ord. 3451 § 1, 2003].For the Underwater Park:

5.32.085 Scuba and skin diving prohibited.
A. Except as authorized in ECC 5.32.090 <#5.32.090> , no person shall scuba or skin dive in the following described area:
Those waters lying northerly and easterly of a line extending from a boundary marker on the northwest corner of the northern breakwater of the port of Edmonds marina, that line extending northwesterly 275 feet to a marker buoy, thence northeasterly 1,050 feet to a marker buoy, thence southeasterly to the northeastern end of the city of Edmonds public beach.
B. The Edmonds parks and recreation department shall place appropriate notices prohibiting scuba and skin diving in the area above. [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 1991 § 5, 1978; Ord. 1908, 1977].

5.32.090 Diving allowed by special permission.
The activities relating to underwater parks enumerated in ECC 5.32.060 <#5.32.060> through 5.32.085 <#5.32.085> shall be specifically prohibited except when:
A. Express permission is granted in writing by any one of the following officials for the purpose of research:
1. The mayor or any department head of the city of Edmonds;
2. Any commissioner of the port of Edmonds, or the port manager;
3. The State Department of Fisheries.
B. Express permission is granted for emergency operations by the mayor, any department head, any port commissioner, any police officer or any firefighter.
C. The department of parks and recreation conducts organized activities under its supervision.
D. A permit is issued by the director of parks and recreation for the purpose of allowing maintenance by scuba divers to clean debris and garbage accumulated around Edmonds fishing piers on the following conditions:
1. The names of each diver are listed on the permit;
2. A hold harmless agreement and release is obtained from each diver prior to the issuance of a permit; 3. Adequate precautions are required to protect divers from other activities on or in the vicinity of the fishing pier;
4. Permit states the dates and time period during which the maintenance operation shall be conducted; and
5. No marine life shall be removed from the water if that marine life is otherwise protected by this chapter. [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 2425, 1984; Ord. 1507 § 1, 1970].

Marine Sanctuary:


5.32.105 For collection of marine life on city beaches - Permit required.
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly engage in any of the following activities on any public beach in the city of Edmonds without first obtaining a permit from the Edmonds parks and recreation director or designee:
1. To take, possess, injure, or destroy any bird, mollusk, crustacean, marine or intertidal algae or plant, or any other marine or intertidal organism of any kind whatsoever.
2. To possess any device intended for the taking of birds, mollusks, crustaceans, marine or intertidal algae or plants or any other marine or intertidal organisms, including but not limited to shovels, clam "guns", buckets, crab pots or traps, hooks, spears or spear guns of every kind and description, nets for capturing or retaining in one's possession marine life, gaffs, or any other similar device.
B. The parks and recreation director may issue permits for the collection of any marine life from public beaches, other than the Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary, whenever the issuance of such permit will not materially jeopardize the continued viability of marine life on such Edmonds public beaches, or otherwise be contrary to the continued use and enjoyment of the city's public beaches.
C. Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary, as otherwise regulated by this chapter, shall not be subject to the provisions of this section. [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 2402 § 2, 1983].


5.32.110 Prohibited acts within Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary.
It is unlawful for any person to knowingly commit any of the following acts within the Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary except when permitted by special permit obtained as provided below:
A. To injure, destroy or otherwise contribute to the physical degradation of the habitat of any fish, bird, mollusk, crustacean, marine or intertidal algae or plant, or any other marine or intertidal organism.
B. To take, possess, injure, or destroy any bird, mollusk, crustacean, marine or intertidal algae or plant, or any other marine or intertidal organism of any kind whatsoever.
C. To possess any device intended for the taking of birds, mollusks, crustaceans, marine or intertidal algae or plants or any other marine or intertidal organisms, including but not limited to shovels, clam "guns," buckets, crab pots or traps, hooks, spears or spear guns of every kind and description, nets for capturing or retaining in one's possession marine life, gaffs, or any other similar device.
D. To ignite, fuel, maintain or permit any fire except a fire in a facility specifically designed for open fires and expressly designated as such by the parks and recreation director, or contained cooking stoves including but not limited to a charcoal, gas or propane stove or grill.
E. To operate or permit to operate any motorized boat except a Washington State Ferry to the extent necessary for docking operations. [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 2284 § 2, 1982].

5.32.120 Shoreline sanctuary permit.
A. Any person may engage in an activity prohibited by ECC 5.32.110 <#5.32.110> (A) through (C); provided such person obtains and possesses a "Shoreline Sanctuary permit" issued by the director of parks and recreation or designee.
B. Such permit shall only be issued upon a showing to the satisfaction of the parks and recreation director or designee that such permit is necessary for scientific research, educational endeavors or because of an emergency threatening the public health, safety and/or general welfare or the marine life of such sanctuary. The permit shall set forth:
1. The activity allowed.
2. The dates such permit shall be effective.
3. The names of the person to whom the permit is issued. [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 2284 § 3, 1982].
5.32.130 Acts deemed a public nuisance.
Any action which materially injures or threatens harm to any marine organism in the Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary or which materially degrades the physical habitat of such marine organisms, shall be deemed a public nuisance subject to injunctive relief and civil damages for any such harm. [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 2284 § 4, 1982].Authorizing the Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary: WSR 00-01-103

PERMANENT RULES DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
[ Order 99-215 -- Filed December 16, 1999, 12:58 p.m. ]
WAC 220-16-720
Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary Conservation Area.
"Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary Conservation Area" is defined as those bed lands and tidelands owned by the City of Edmonds at Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary, and the water column above these bed lands and tidelands including all of the area known as Edmonds Underwater Park.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040]

Edmonds Planning Board Seeks New Alternate Member

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EDMONDS PLANNING BOARD SEEKS NEW ALTERNATE MEMBER

(Edmonds - WA) The City of Edmonds is seeking a resident interested in participating on the Edmonds Planning Board. The Planning Board serves as an advisory board to the City Council on rezones, comprehensive planning, Community Development Code amendments, and other land use issues. The Planning Board meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. in the Public Safety Complex. Volunteer board members serve for a four-year term and are eligible for re-appointment to a second four-year term. The alternate member attends all Board meetings, taking part in discussions and serving as a regular voting member when one of the regular seven members is absent. read more | application

"Your Voice Matters" Youth Forum on Diversity

Edmonds Diversity Commission to host "Your Voice Matters" - a Youth Forum on Diversity. Middler-Schoolers and High-Schoolers are invited to participate on Friday, March 17th 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Plaza Room above the Edmonds Library. For more information click here.

Public Hearing on Highway 99 Plan...

A Public Hearing on the Highway 99 Subarea Plan will be held on February 21st. Project information can be found here.

Edmonds Sister City Commission Student Exchange Program

Fostering Global Citizenship ~ Students gain international understanding with exchange program

Travel to Japan Poster Date Updated(Edmonds, WA) There is no better way to build international understanding than immersion in another culture.  The Edmonds Sister City Commission provides students with a unique opportunity to experience the day to day life, language, and traditions of Japan through their annual exchange program.  press release   application packet

Native Plant Stewardship Program

Become a Park Steward and Master Native Plant Steward
Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) Central Puget Sound Chapter
Training February 3-April 21
Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
2 Saturday sessions, February 18 and April 1 Based out of Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133


Learn how to become a leader in restoring our urban forests back to health!  In partnership with the King Conservation District (KCD) and the City of Shoreline, the Washington Native Plant Society’s Central Puget Sound Chapter is bringing the Master Native Plant Stewardship Training and Program to Shoreline in 2017.  Participants receive 100-hours of classroom and field training while working on a one-year restoration team project. Training will include:

·         Plant biology and identification
·         Puget Lowland habitat ecology
·         Restoration techniques for new and established sites
·         Site design
·         Project leadership and management
·         Outreach and education techniques, and much more!

After the training sessions, each steward will volunteer 80 hours at a Shoreline park restoration site and 20 hours helping the WNPS Central Puget Sound Chapter before June 2018. Professionals will provide support and on-going learning opportunities to each steward and restoration teams through at least June 2018.  This work implements KCD’s Urban Forest Health Management Program and meet City of Shoreline Parks objectives.   Since 1996, the WNPS’s Central Puget Sound Chapter has trained and supported over 550 stewards in King and Snohomish Counties. 

Applications are required however you do not have to be an expert botanist or ecologist to apply!  We are looking for people who have time to give to urban forest restoration, have an interest in native plants and local habitats.  Shoreline residents who meet these criteria are given priority, however anyone may apply.  Applications are due by January 15th, 2017 and can be found at http://www.wnps.org/npsp/cps/stewardship/index.html.  They can be emailed to cpsstewardshipprogram@gmail.com or mailed to WNPS Master Stewardship Program, 6310 NE 74th St., Suite 215E, Seattle WA 98115.

Visit WNPS.org/npsp or call the Stewardship Chair at (206) 588-1247 to learn more and receive an application

Edmonds Cemetery Board Seeks New Member to Fill Vacancy

Edmonds Cemetery Board Seeks New Member to Fill Vacancy - Applications Accepted until February 24, 2017

The Edmonds Cemetery Board is seeking a new member to fill a vacancy.  Do you have an interest in local history or genealogy?  Do you appreciate the appearance of the Cemetery?  Are you interested in helping, planning and participating in the annual Memorial Day Program, “Walk Back in Time” Cemetery Tour in July and the “Walk About” Veteran’s site tour in November?  Would you like to help set policy and develop goals?  If so, please consider becoming a member of the Cemetery Board.  For more information, please see the Media Release or call Cynthia Cruz at 425.771.0231.

State Responds on Shoreline Master Program

State Responds on Shoreline Master Program

The state Department of Ecology has responded by letter to the City Council about 

proposed changes for updating its Shoreline Master Program. The response agrees with most of the 

Council’s proposed changes but calls for a site-specific assessment to establish marsh buffers 

prior to any future development in the Harbor Square area.


The City’s existing Shoreline Master Program (SMP), adopted in 2000, does not include any part of 

the Harbor Square area, but the proposed SMP update does. Ecology had required the City to include 

this change as part of the SMP update. However, as the update was being drafted, controversy arose 

about the specific width of buffers to be required for the area when development occurs.


Until an updated SMP is approved and adopted, the 2000 shoreline plan applies. Ecology has asked 

the City to respond by March 30 to its new letter.


The City Council is scheduled to discuss this issue at its January 24 meeting.  In Ecology’s 

letter, two options are offered for providing a more site-specific approach and a scientific study 

for the Urban IV Mixed Use Area, which includes Harbor Square. Agency staff have noted that the 

City could choose either of these options or some combination that achieves similar results.


The proposed SMP addresses shoreline areas in Edmonds that extend 5.2 miles along the Puget Sound 

and also adjacent to Lake Ballinger. It uses updated scientific information to set requirements for 

future shoreline activities. Development in all shoreline areas would be subject to newer 

regulations, including for shorelines, environment, and stormwater.  A copy of Ecology's letter is at this link.



WWU Students Pitch Year-Round Seasonal Events Campaign To Promote Fourth Avenue Arts Corridor

WWU Students pitch year-round seasonal events campaign to promote fourth avenue arts corridor: Student Public Relations Project Part of Sustainable Cities Partnership Between Edmonds, Western Washington University, and Association of Washington Cities

   (Edmonds, WA) – The 4th Avenue Arts Corridor in downtown Edmonds has the potential to become a year-round hub of cultural events and festivities that highlight the Edmonds arts community, according to a plan created by Public Relations students at Western Washington University. Those students presented a winning proposal to City staff to help promote the downtown Arts Corridor through a series of seasonal events and festivities on 4th Avenue North under the theme of “Art for Everyone.”

 

For the full Media Release, click here

Mayor Earling to Highlight City Accomplishments, Challenges and New Year's Goals at 2017 State of the City Address

Public Invited to Annual Event at 8:30am Thursday, February 9th, at Edmonds Theater

(Edmonds, WA) - Mayor Dave Earling invites the public to join him in reflecting on both the accomplishments and challenges of 2016 and looking ahead to the City’s hopes and plans for 2017 during his annual State of the City Address at 8:30 am on Thursday, February 9th at the Edmonds Theater at 415 Main Street. Mayor Earling will discuss the successes and challenges of the past year, projects and goals for the new year, and long-term strategies for 2017 and beyond. Opening remarks will be provided by Janelle Milodragovich, of Ten Gun Design and Greg Hoff, Windermere Real Estate/Edmonds. read more  |  view flier

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WWU Students to Present Recommendations on Edmonds Marsh Restoration Efforts at Public Meeting on Friday, January 13th

Student Research Project Part of Sustainable Cities Partnership Between Edmonds, Western Washington University, and Association of Washington Cities 

(Edmonds, WA) – The public is invited to attend a presentation from Western Washington University students who have been studying restoration efforts and issues at Edmonds Marsh as part of the 2016-2017 Sustainable Cities Partnership (SCP) between the City of Edmonds, WWU and the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). Students from WWU’s Restoration Ecology course will present their research on Friday, January 13th, from 2-4pm in the Brackett Room at City Hall and make recommendations to address current challenges affecting Edmonds Marsh.  read more

Local Edmonds Student Selected as Assistant Language Teacher in Hekinan Japan

MichelleRockstead(Edmonds, WA)Edmonds resident and UW graduate, Michelle Rockstead, has been appointed Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) by the Hekinan Board of Education in association with the Edmonds Sister City Commission. As an ALT, Michelle will be responsible for teaching English to students at five middle schools in Hekinan, Japan. She wants to use this opportunity to “cultivate the kids’ interest in building strong relationships with people from different parts of the world”. read more

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