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Port of Friday Harbor to fabricate dock sections for Port Angeles

LWVSJ Observer Corps summary of the Port of Friday Harbor Commission March 8, 2024 meeting.

Erika from Essential Sailing World requested to get on the agenda for the March 22nd meeting. 

The Executive Director read an email from Richard Grout opposing housing in the lease that the Port is negotiating with San Juan Island Outfitters at the airport. The ED introduced new maintenance crew staff member, Joe Wilson, to the Commission. 

The Commission has received the draft interlocal agreement with Port Angeles for the Port of Friday Harbor to fabricate the dock sections. The document will make clear that transporting the docks is Port Angeles’s responsibility.

Two remaining Commissioners signed an amendment to the previously approved interlocal agreement with San Juan County for the Jackson Beach Road easement.  

The Executive Director presented several options for calculating the rent for the IOSA space. The Commission sought to both support the mission of IOSA and to receive sustainable rental income. They agreed to extend the lease to IOSA with a base rent for the land, and a fixed price for the terminals with a 4% return on investment to the Port. 

The Commission reviewed the original San Juan Island Outfitters concept proposal and site plan, less the housing component. Brian Goodremont told commissioners he needed to do more due diligence before moving forward. The commission agreed to grant Brian an exclusive period during which he can take it to the next steps. The Executive Director will work with them on the full application to be brought back to the Commission in June. Sites available for concept proposals posted on the Port website by June.

A land planning workshop for airport non-aviation land will take place after the regular March 22 commission meeting. The Executive Director has compiled a list of questions for edits and comments to address during the planning process.  There will be maps to illustrate any discussions and to post for public review. 

For future agendas, Barbara Marrett asked for ideas for community engagement with the Climate Sustainability Committee.

Gib Black would like to pick up the discussions regarding re-envisioning the Netshed Building and its surroundings at Jackson Beach. He would like to see long-term plans include a sailing/kayak/paddleboard center for the island.

*The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization encourages informed participation in government. The Observer Corps attends and takes notes at government meetings to expand public understanding of public policy and decisions. The notes do not necessarily reflect the views of the League or its members.

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