Of course we all have our preferred places to visit and stay in Sfakia.
Interesting, Ray, what you wrote following this. After I read your first post I drifted off into my own reminiscences covering 40 or so years. I write down the number and can hardly believe it myself.
Like you, I spend most of my time out hiking and I've been relatively unaffected by tourism development on the coast. Loutro has probably seen the most change/development. O Platanos in Anopoli has been transformed (incremental upgrades) from a traditional village plateia restaurant/basic rooms to let place, (also running an impromptu 'mini market' from their own supplies) to a hotel/restaurant. I don't complain about the soundproofing upgrade. But the rest of the Anopoli area has remained largely unchanged.
And, also like you, I have developed my own routine over the years, which provides a private bubble that I can settle into. Some of it is timing, being at certain places at certain times of the day. In a way, I have changed and adapted just as much as the location and residents have.
Further development is a debated local issue, as it always is whenever people throw in their lot with the tourism business (it's a debate that even takes place in larger population centers .. Amsterdam, Barcelona, Venice). The challenge is always how and where to draw the line between concessions made for business reasons, and the compromises made to a local way of life, and to the landscape itself.
An ongoing issue in Ag. Roumeli is whether or not a road should be built down to Roumeli, via Sellouda. If Samaria gorge was to be privatized ...