Water concerns don’t seem to be running off as planned, or even hoped, as North Kitsap residents continue to get teed up — and off — about the White Horse golf course. Indianola residents who have been digging in against the 18-hole, 450-acre Goliath, replete with gigantic houses that make Poulsbo’s “monster homes” seem about as large and intimidating as a gecko versed in the Queen’s English, are still unsettled by the development and what it may mean to their water supply — not to mention their sense of community.
Yet with pink polo wearing, white cashmere sweater over the shoulders, two olive martini richsters en route, the latter may be at greater risk than the former. Certainly the county and those developing the site are taking Indianola’s concerns over water quality to heart. Quality of life could be another story.
Anyone who has driven South Kingston Road can attest to the fact that anything more than five cars at a time is a veritable 405 Bridge traffic jam — minus the waves. But the large development will create a new community in North Kitsap, one that adds to value but might detract from the rural quality of the region.
This is more than likely what has Indianola’s handmade hemp and natural cotton undies in a knot.
It’s not completely unjustified, though. After all, others call folks who are doing what they are doing “NIMBYs.” That is, of course, until the name callers themselves are faced with a development at their doorstep. Then they magically become “concerned citizens.”
White Horse is riding into North Kitsap whether anyone likes it or not and with it an upscale community that many here are not used to and, yes, even intimidated by. As such, it is important that we ask ourselves whether we should simply reject it based on the mere idea of what and who it might bring.
After all, as evidenced above, it is all too easy to cast aspersions at people we have yet to meet. We must reserve such judgments until they are properly founded or disproved.