08/19/2018: "Honeywell Appeal $50K Fine Denied"
In April, the Washington State Supreme Court denied a request to review an October 2017 decision by the state Court of Appeals that affirmed a $55,000 fine and environmental restoration order issued by the Department of Ecology in July 2014 to Dave and Nancy Honeywell, owners of the Orca Dreams property located above False Bay on San Juan Island.
Ecology issued the penalty and order after the property owners illegally cut down 80 trees & mature brush and vegetation from 1.25 acres of marine shoreline at the Orca Dreams water front property.
The property owners had earlier appealed Ecology’s fine and order to the state Shorelines Hearings Board and San Juan County superior court. These legal authorities also upheld Ecology’s actions. Now, all legal appeals are exhausted.
Ecology Shorelands & Environmental Assistance Program Manger Gordon White said: “Our state courts are clear: It is unacceptable for anyone to cut down trees and clear the fragile soil along our Puget Sound shorelines in this manner. These actions harm the people, salmon and orcas that rely on having clean, healthy marine shorelines. Our fines and orders are designed to deter future violators and protect the ecosystems we all enjoy.”
The Honeywells have replanted shoreline vegetation and are taking other environmental restoration actions at the Orca Dreams site. This includes submitting required monitoring reports so Ecology can evaluate continued compliance with the recovery plan. In addition, the property owners are working to pay the state penalty.