Representation Without Taxation?

Mar 7, 2011 | 2 comments

Ocean Park Approach, circa 1945

     We all grew up learning that taxation without representation is a bad thing.  But, how about the other way around?  Representation without taxation sounds pretty good in some respects, but when it has to do with Oysterville I have to register a serious objection.
     At issue is the suggestion by the Ocean Park Chamber of Commerce that they should represent the entire north end of the peninsula – Surfside, Nahcotta, Oysterville and perhaps Klipsan, I’m not sure.  Not a bad idea in terms of bolstering our individual political clout.  Maybe it would even be an economic advantage in terms of marketing our businesses.  However, in Oysterville we have some issues with such a proposal.  Actually, just one big issue.  Identity.
     We have no objection to the name “Ocean Park” or to the place “Ocean Park.”  In fact, there are Oysterville residents who grew up in Ocean Park and still have ties there.  And, the Oysterville old-timers who went to school on the peninsula, spent their upper elementary years at Ocean Park School.  There are loyalties.  But even so, Ocean Park is not Oysterville.
     We take pride in our identity.  It has to do with our history.  We were the first community on the peninsula – more than a generation earlier than Ocean Park or Long Beach or Seaview.  Our orientation has always been toward the bay, not the ocean.  Historically, we were a working community, not a tourist resort.  Much the same can be said for Nahcotta, though I wouldn’t presume to speak for them.
     So, even though the idea of representation by the Ocean Park Chamber has some practical appeal, it is not currently embraced by Oysterville citizens.  There has been the suggestion that, if the Chamber wants to increase their membership by including us, they might consider changing their name.  “North Beach Chamber of Commerce” is one proposal.  It would certainly solve the problem of Oysterville’s identity issue, but it would undoubtedly raise other questions.  And so, the discussion continues…


  1. Jim Sayce

    I walked under that great beach approach sign many times as a kid, always looking up and imagining the crow’s nest as a great hide out. The masts were taken off the shipwrecked military transport Arrow and erected as both a beach approach sign and WWII monument.

  2. Cate Gable

    Sydney — great minds again……I am puzzling over an editorial along the lines of “administration without representation” about the fact that our commissioners wrote a letter to all our governmental officials opposing the Wildlife Refuge expansion — WITHOUT asking any of us what we thought. As a tax paying citizen I’m outraged about both the (non)process and their stance.



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