I have always been proud of my community in the Wauna-Gig Harbor area of the Key Peninsula. But after reading the March edition of Key Peninsula News about the proposed plan to open The Gallery, one in a chain of recreational marijuana stores — I am aghast and disillusioned.
I see this as a detrimental, dangerous and unsafe plan for the Lake Kathryn Shopping Village and most definitely not in the best interest of the community at large.
I love the Purdy Cost Less Pharmacy and the wonderful Wauna post office. The Dollar Tree store was a great addition, as well as Domino’s Pizza. The Burger King, the lovely salon and awesome Minter Veterinarian Hospital are all pluses for the shopping center. The elimination of a decent, convenient grocery store would be a terrible loss and should be an essential part of the shopping center as well. The Ace Hardware Store would be awesome too but definitely not at the exclusion of a full Food Market store or similar.
There is already a licensed recreational marijuana shop, Sweet Jane, located less than a mile from Lake Kathryn Village. Personally, I am uncomfortable in that area because of robberies caused by the fact marijuana stores conduct their business on a cash-only basis.
I see this proposed plan as a disastrous downfall for the community. This is not an upgrade but rather a seriously sad downgrade for the Key Peninsula at large. There are other locations in the area far better suited than Lake Kathryn Village.
If there is a genuine concern for the drug and alcohol problems on the Key Peninsula, I most emphatically find this plan to be a very odd and sad choice indeed.
Jane Allen, Wauna
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