Mayor Gere says the city is working with partners to protect public safety while allowing demonstrators to carry out events planned for Anacortes on the weekend of May 13-15.
Statement from Mayor Laurie Gere
We are all mindful of the upcoming protest on March’s Point and corresponding events in Anacortes. The City has worked thoughtfully with local partners to prepare for the weekend to protect public safety while allowing demonstrators to respectfully carry on events in Anacortes.
It is important that the City provide good, accurate information so the public is aware of how the activities may impact our community and that City leadership has taken considerable steps to prepare for the weekend’s events.
We have been planning with our first responder partners for over a month to ensure as much as possible that the events in Anacortes are safe and cause minimal disruption to our citizens. Planning has been difficult as the event organizers are a number of different groups who have come together under the organization of Breakfree PNW. Breakfree PNW is part of a worldwide organization, Breakfree 350. The organizations are protesting our dependence on fossil fuels. They chose Anacortes as one of eight sites in the U.S. for demonstrations.
The city is not aware of everything that is planned around the demonstration and events but we do know this:
- There will be events from Friday through Sunday at the Port Transit Shed;
- There will be a luminaria parade down Commercial Avenue on Saturday night;
- There will be kayaktivist activity at Seafarers Park; and
- There will be protest activity along the Tommy Thompson Trestle.
We expect 1,000 to 2,000 people to attend the events. The city has staffed this event with extra emergency responders. We will focus on public safety and preventing disruptions of our public utilities.
It is important that the City be open for business and carry on with our normal activities. We respect the rights of all our visitors to engage in free speech and lawful assembly, and we expect they will respect the fragile environment of Fidalgo Island, the rights of our residents and businesses, and everyone’s safety.