Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The Battle for Nelscott Reef Continues

Latest articles

Five additional confirmed Lincoln County Covid-19 cases

Lincoln County Public Health announced today five more confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Depoe Bay’s Pogo Robison passes

A larger-than-life figure in “The World’s Smallest Harbor” passed away Saturday, May 30, after battling recent health problems.

Lincoln City lodging reopening criteria

As Lincoln County's lodging gets ready to reopen Monday, June 1, a framework plan created by Lincoln County and its cities will need to be implemented.

U.S. Coast Guard: The Creed

Surfman mentors consistently preach patience, determination, and humility, because earning the surfman qualification isn't an easy or quick process.

Samaritan revises visitor restrictions for all facilities

Samaritan Health Services has modified the temporary visitor restrictions in place due to coronavirus for all hospitals and facilities.

Lincoln County does not meet Phase 2 reopening criteria

Governor Kate Brown released the Phase 2 reopening application process Thursday night and today the Oregon Health Authority determined Lincoln County does not meet the criteria to apply due to high community spread. 

Tenth confirmed Lincoln County COVID-19 case

Yesterday’s presumptive positive case had a negative test result so will be removed from the total.  The current totals for Lincoln County are: 10 confirmed positive, 1403 negative tests, 8 recovered, and 1 was hospitalized during illness. 

The last mayor of Depoe Bay

It would be difficult to name a more Utopian spot on the Oregon coast than Depoe Bay, a picturesque seafaring town with 1,600 largely blissful residents who are about to be flattened by a financial meteorite.

Lincoln County Sheriff: COVID-19 contact tracing scam alert

You might have heard a little about contact tracing -- the process of identifying people who have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, instructing them to quarantine and monitor their symptoms daily. 

Lincoln City to hold public hearing on state revenue sharing

A public hearing will be held 6 p.m. Monday, June 8 at City Hall on the use of state revenue sharing for fiscal year 2020-2021 as provided in ORS 221.770. 

Lincoln City, Oregon – Monday’s City Council meeting was a great opportunity to show the council just how dangerous the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Pro-Am’s “10 Barrel Warm Up Session” event was. Lincoln City Homepage reporter, Justin Werner, spoke at the council meeting explaining the dangers of not having safety as it concerns the city on city property. The conditions on November 29th were extremely dangerous and there was no safety team on site to speak of that day.

A secret communication from the Pro-Am sent to Lincoln City Homepage illustrating a need for secrecy about launching from Canyon Lake City Park because of not having a permit.

Social media posts and a confidentially submitted Facebook Message shows the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Pro-Am staging their event from Canyon Lake City Park in a dangerous environment with no safety precautions. This would not be a big deal if the Pro-Am event organizers had secured the proper permits to use the city park and carry the proper insurance but the event organizers were told by Ed Dreistadt of the Lincoln City Visitors Convention bureau that they did not need a permit. John Forse, who organizes the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic event, has been securing the required permits/insurance for the last thirteen years. Mr. Driestadt has been contacted numerous times to ask him for clarification regarding his statement that permits are not required. Unfortunately, he has not responded to repeated emails and voicemail left for him. At the council meeting the City Manager, Ron Chandler, requested an email with the images so he could take a look at them.

In one of the images taken from the event there are people getting pinned under a huge log. Jon Monroe with Head Stand Photography had this to say about the image:

“There are people getting rolled over by this log, had I not made it up the hill I would have died.”

John Forse with the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic was aware of the Pro-Am’s intention to run an event and decided to not call his contest due to safety concerns presented by the Pro-Am.

This is an email Justin Werner sent to the Lincoln City City Council, the Mayor, Police Chief Keith Kilian, Jeremy Ruark of the News Guard, and Rick Beasley of the Newport News Times, five days before this event occurred:

Honorable Mayor and Councilors,

I need your assistance. John Forse asked me to contact you. Mr. Forse is the event organizer of the “Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic,” which has been held annually in Nelscott since 2005. This year, Mr. Forse has secured the required event permits, OTP permits, insurance, security, parking assistants, etc. as he has done every year.

Unfortunately, three independent sources have told us that VCB Director Ed Dreistadt told the organizers of an event misleadingly called the “Nelscott Reef Big Wave Pro-Am”, that permits are not needed for their event. Since the “Pro-Am” organizers do not even have a OTP permit, as they have has never held an event here before, Mr. Forse is very concerned that if the City allows an unpermitted event to be held, it may be exposing itself to liability, as well as causing security and parking issues. This is especially true if the illicit “Pro-Am” event is held at the same time as Forse’s legitimate event.

 

I spoke with Police Chief Kilian and he said permits are required and need to be obtained from the City.

 

I have visited the VCB office several times in the last few weeks, to see Mr. Dreistadt, but he has not been available. I have also left him at least four voicemails, but I have not heard back from him yet.

 

To protect the City, and the event participants, from possible harm, it is vital that the “Pro Am” organizers, and Mr. Forse, are informed if event and/or OTP permits are required to hold these surfing events, so please let us know what the City’s position is regarding this.

Thank you for your assistance and your service,

Justin Werner

Lincoln City Homepage

541-992-0321

- Advertisement -
Justin Werner
Justin Wernerhttps://wernerhost.com/
Justin Werner is founder and publisher of Lincoln City Homepage and a journalist reporting news for the fine citizens of Lincoln City, Oregon and beyond. He's on a mission to seek out truth and isn't afraid to be the tip of the spear for freedom of the press. When he's not wearing his reporter hat, you can find him enjoying the Oregon Coast with his wife and three children.
Previous articleFarewell Putt N Bat
Next articleWinter Gray Whales

Related articles

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisements -

Trending

Five additional confirmed Lincoln County Covid-19 cases

Lincoln County Public Health announced today five more confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Depoe Bay’s Pogo Robison passes

A larger-than-life figure in “The World’s Smallest Harbor” passed away Saturday, May 30, after battling recent health problems.

Lincoln City lodging reopening criteria

As Lincoln County's lodging gets ready to reopen Monday, June 1, a framework plan created by Lincoln County and its cities will need to be implemented.

Lincoln County does not meet Phase 2 reopening criteria

Governor Kate Brown released the Phase 2 reopening application process Thursday night and today the Oregon Health Authority determined Lincoln County does not meet the criteria to apply due to high community spread. 

The last mayor of Depoe Bay

It would be difficult to name a more Utopian spot on the Oregon coast than Depoe Bay, a picturesque seafaring town with 1,600 largely blissful residents who are about to be flattened by a financial meteorite.

U.S. Coast Guard: The Creed

Surfman mentors consistently preach patience, determination, and humility, because earning the surfman qualification isn't an easy or quick process.