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August 30, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Sinclair Island: Not just an oddball refuge

I’d like to dispel the mistaken notion depicted in this article that Sinclair Island is a refuge for eccentric people who run around on bumpy dirt roads and perform endless maintenance tasks [“The ‘other’ San Juan islanders go their own way,” Pacific NW Magazine, Aug. 22].
My husband and I live full time on Sinclair Island. We build high-end custom homes on non-ferry serviced islands in the San Juans, including Sinclair. We choose to live on Sinclair primarily for the friendships we have developed there over 30 years. Sinclair is very much a family place. There are many generations of families who come to Sinclair to relax and enjoy special times together. Reporter Tyrone Beason obviously missed the essence of Sinclair Island. Instead, he focused only on the few individuals who retreat from society in the San Juans.

Perhaps it is charming to relate century-old stories of opium smugglers and rum runners, but the Sinclair Island of today merits some acknowledgment. I don’t agree that people come to Sinclair for solitude. The Sinclair people I know and love come for very special friendships and for sharing the exquisite beauty of the island.

Patty Pedersen, Anacortes

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