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February 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Lake Burien is a public resource without public access

Opening lake up to public has created problems before

My folks built a home on Lake Burien in the 1920s [“Lake Burien: The public lake you can’t use,” page one, Feb. 18]. We have a family home there still. In the 1930s there was a place called Fitchetts Beach where people could go and rent boats, have picnics and dive off the high dive from the dock there. It was a great place and most people had a good time and were responsible stewards. It cost to use the facilities, but it was open to the public.

But a few ruined it for the rest by not taking their picnic garbage and castoffs with them when they left and using the rental boats to access other private properties. And robberies around the lake increased noticeably. It got so bad that the place had to close.

I can’t imagine what might happen today.

–June Langdon, Arlington

 

Comments | Topics: Lake Burien, Private property, Property rights

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