10-20-11 West Marin Citizen Reports on Informal Poll

“We asked men and women of West Marin their opinions on whether Drake’s Bay Oyster Company should be allowed to continue operations in Drake’s Estero,” the pair said. “We sent the poll to our list of 323 West Marinites.”  The results? The people of West Marin, 88% of women and 93% of men, overwhelmingly support DBOC. 

DBOC GETS THE SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE

Informal poll shows popular will

By Jeremy Sharp

 

WITH THE NUMBER OF OPINIONS RUNNING RAMPANT THROUGHWESTMARIN REGARDING THE NEWLY RELEASED DRAFT EIS from the National Park Service, Donna Sheehan and Paul Reffell took it upon themselves to find out what people really thought.

 

“We asked men and women of West Marin their opinions on whether Drake’s Bay Oyster Company should be allowed to continue operations in Drake’s Estero,” the pair said. “We sent the poll to our list of 323 West Marinites.”

 

The results? The people of West Marin, 88% of women and 93% of men, overwhelmingly support DBOC. That translates into 246 out of the 323 polled.

 

To avoid errors, Sheehan and Reffell limited responses from single email addresses. But then they got complaints from families that all wanted to vote but were barred by the IP limitation, so they relaxed the rule. In the end, one IP address cast four votes, another five and third three. “A check of IP addresses showed that most of the votes were cast locally,” they said. “The suspicious votes did not change the overall outcome.”

 

“As with any voting system, we can only know the opinions of those who used the poll, of course,” said Sheehan and Reffell. “Apparently, even if we deducted all the multiple votes, suspicious or not, the great majority of people that voted are in favor of the continuation of DBOC operations in Drake’s Estero.”

 

The Park Service is not bound by the results of the informal poll. The large response does show, however, that there are a great number of people in West Marin interested in this issue. If they show the same fervor in communicating their desires to PRNS, they may well shift the direction indicated by the draft EIS.

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