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Friday Harbor Port Commission April 26

The commission approved the Island Air lease for 25 years with an initial 10-year contract and the option for three renewals of 5 years each. The tenants will be required to provide improvements during this period. The lease will be signed at the next Port meeting. The Islands Oil Spill OSA lease was drawn up with a 10-year term based on the grant assurances and the fact that the Port has invested significant funds in the facility. At the end of the term the lease will convert to month to month.

The commissioners considered plans for the Jensen’s Marina pier relocation and the small boat center. The Executive Director explained the location options for rebuilding the main pier. The Executive Director asked the commission to approve plans in principle so he can move forward with the engineering requirements. David Halpern, a private citizen, expressed interest in including space for launching kayaks and outriggers. The commissioners say they want to develop an area for recreational access. He offered to serve on any citizens’ advisory group for a recreational access area. The Port will apply for recreation grants where appropriate and start on engineering plans.

The commission reviewed the year-end 2023 capital budget and the 2023 budget results. Total capital expenditures were 64% of the budgeted amount. Grant funds received were 38% of anticipated funds due to a stalled FAA project in 2023. Marina and airport revenues were above the amount budgeted. Any surplus revenue will be allocated to the reserve funds and used for planned larger scale projects.

Commissioners discussed a possible sauna/cold plunge location on one of the docks and organizing the parking areas at Jackson’s Beach so that more cars can be accommodated.