F.H. Port commissioners to consider new boundary lines

In an effort to balance population among its three districts, the Friday Harbor Port Commission reviewed recommendations from staff Sept. 14 that would redraw the boundary lines of commissioner districts.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, while the population of the entire port district, comprised of San Juan Island, has increased, that growth has not been evenly distributed.

State law requires the port to rebalance district population after every U.S. Census.

The port has until December to adopt a revised district map and to submit the plan to the San Juan County Auditor. Potential changes involve several population blocks in San Juan Valley, along the north part of Roche Harbor Road, and in Hannah Heights. Most of the new district lines under review would fall along county roads.

Port Commission District 1 is served by Mike Ahrenius, District 2 by Barbara Marrett, and District 3 by Greg Hertel.

The commission's review and hearing on the potential redistricting will take place Sept. 28, beginning at 5 p.m. at Ernie’s Café, at the Friday Harbor Airport.

Comments can be dropped off at the Port or mailed to P. O. Box 889, Friday Harbor 98250, or emailed to

For more info, contact Port of Friday Harbor Director Marilyn O’Connor, at 378-2688.



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