Marina ramp proposed for water trail use
Port 1 Commissioners met last Thursday to go over regular business.
Commissioners discussed the possibility of providing a different place for non-motorized boats to launch at the Elochoman Slough Marina.
Commissioner Bob Kizziar reported that an individual with Estuary Partners had approached him at a recent park planning meeting to ask if there was any interest in a water trail, which would be used by non-motorized boats. According to Kizziar, the man said he would speak with some federal entities about possibilities for grants.
“We would rather them not launch on the ramp,” Port Manager Jackie Lea said of kayakers, canoers, etc., “sometimes they take too long and get in the way.”
Kizziar suggested that they find a place that was close to restrooms and away from fishermen and campers.
New picnic tables are being assembled and the boat launch has been repaired. Work on the commercial dock is ongoing. Port employees are cleaning up the old concession stand while staff decides what to do with it. Tools and supplies for the dredge continue to come in as the port gears up to begin a short period of dredging before the work window closes on February 28.
The commissioners decided not to advertise in the Coast Guard Bulletin, despite a request.
“It’s a national publication. It’s expensive. I don’t see any benefit,” Commissioner Brett Deaton said.
The meeting was closed for an executive session to discuss personnel matters.
The next Port 1 meeting is scheduled for March 9 at 5 p.m.