This seems to be an issue hidden behind the political banter, but there lies a giant problem with Clark County’s business permits that hinders the ability of organic stores to take root.
Chuck’s Produce and Street Market has only recently broken ground to begin building its store in Salmon Creek after an 18-month survey and hurdles placed by the business permit fees. Whole Foods Market is the closest organic grocery store to Salmon Creek and is 12 miles away. This is shocking that there is such meager access to organic foods and the construction of such stores is crippled by these building permit fees that effectively deter more of these businesses to expand.
It should be an important focus of Clark County to allow people easy access to organic food. The county should encourage economic growth, not provide hurdles that stump it.
–Alex Demyanik, Ridgefield