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Port of Friday Harbor Commissioners will discuss boatyard leadership at June 28 meeting

LWVSJ Observer Corps summary of the Port of Friday Harbor Commission's  June 14, 2024 meeting.

Sally Hawkins read a letter of support for Essential Shipyard Industries and encouraged the Port to the company the
autonomy it was requesting to continue to serve the boating community and to maintain its business at the shipyard.
The Office Manager of Essential Shipyard Industries asked for the Port’s support in allowing ESI to take over the
shipyard and travel lift operations. Several other individuals spoke on behalf of this proposal. The general feeling was
that the Port could concentrate on their other activities if ESI ran those operations without having to coordinate with
the Port staff.

Jason Knott, the owner of Essential Shipyard Industries ESI, said he had the funds to buy a new travel lift and make
improvements to the pier and buildings. He wants to make a substantial investment and develop a Port and ESI
partnership. He asked the Port to modify their policy and negotiate with him so that he can continue to operate his
company in Friday Harbor. Greg Hertel asked the Port to enter a lease with ESI to operate the shipyard. Port staff
responded that they had no issues towing and hauling out boats and that the shipyard is operating effectively as is.

The Commission agreed to put the issue as an action item at the next meeting agenda to decide on whether to continue with the current operations or to make a change in the policy. The next meeting is at 10am June 28. AGENDA


The Commission reviewed plans for a new Port Administration building that would include office and storage space,
conference room and restrooms. The parking configuration is still undecided. The Executive Director requested the
Commissioners’ opinions on some of the aesthetic aspects of the plans and he will have two options for them to review at a future meeting.


The Commission supported the proposal to apply for a Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office sports
court grant. The Executive Director has identified an appropriate parcel of land. The Commission wants to make sure
the approach works with other plans. They will discuss it further at a future meeting.


The executive director reported that the Jensen Marina covered moorage is the top priority for the capital project
team and dock construction for the Port of Port Angeles will not begin until the covered moorage is done.

A citizen asked why the Port was building dock sections for Port Angeles when the Friday Harbor docks were not done.
The Executive Director said he would give an update later in the meeting.


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