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Friday Harbor Port Commissioner asks if Port can buy Pelindaba property and lease it to a business

LWVSJ Observer Corps summary of Friday Harbor Port Commission February 23, 2024 meeting. 

Nige Oswald President of the non-profit San Juan Island Sailing Foundation thanked the Port and said the SJISF wanted to continue to provide programs to the community and use the Net shed facility at Jackson Beach. The commission said that they would put this on the agenda for future discussion and decide how to handle insurance and other responsibilities. 

Richard Grout asked about the lease policy he raised at the previous meeting. He asked if the Goodremont proposal and drawings had been available to the public and what obligation the Port had to post items for public comment.

The Commission reviewed the Goodremont proposal and site plan. Two commissioners opposed the proposed housing component on airport property. The Port will support the plan without housing and Brian Goodremont agreed. The issue will be continued until the next meeting. 

The Commission approved Resolution 24-002 regarding the Lease Policy updates.

The Commission approved the authorization for the Executive Director to sign a purchase order from the county for the Barge Landing Road Engineering using both Commerce Grant and Port funds. The estimated cost is $75,000. The Executive Director was authorized to sign a purchase order with the county to supply a Waldron Island replacement float, estimated at $45,000 at the Orcas Landing Marine Facility and to be completed in 2024. 

The Port of Port Angeles has expressed an interest in an interlocal agreement for Port of Friday Harbor to build for them 6 floats as part of a boat ramp. Drawings and details will be brought to the next meeting for further review. 

The Port is determining a fair rental price for the IOSA headquarters.  Considering that the Port and IOSA worked together to get grants and funding for the building, and their mutually beneficial relationship, the price should reflect both the fair market value and the community benefit that IOSA provides. The Executive Director will give options to the Commission to review and approve. 

Barbara Marrett noted many Ports have diversified their business and referred to the situation of Pelindaba Lavender. She wanted to see if would be possible for the Port to purchase the land and lease it back to the business to save jobs. The Executive Director will conduct due diligence into the business and report back to the Commission.

The Commissioners applauded the new interpretive aquarium exhibit at Spring Street Landing. Dakota Creek is offering a well-respected apprenticeship program in shipping which is accepting applications now. 

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