Boat Haven report, logging conference on Port of Port Angeles meeting agenda today
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A report on the Boat Haven Advisory Committee is on the agenda for today’s meeting of the Port of Port Angeles commissioners. — Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News

By Paul Gottlieb
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Port of Port Angeles commissioners will get an update on the Boat Haven Advisory Committee when they gather for their regular meeting today.

The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the port administrative offices, 338 W. First St., Port Angeles.

Commissioners also will discuss attending the 69th annual Olympic Logging Conference on April 30 to May 2.

The trip will entail a two-night stay at The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria for at least one commissioner and possibly two port staff members, will cost up to $2,500 and includes co-sponsorship of the event, Commissioner John Calhoun said Monday, adding the port has attended the conference for more than 30 years.

Commissioners discussed formation of the maximum 14-person Boat Haven committee Feb. 25 at their regular meeting.

One-page applications for committee membership, which were included in the Boat Haven’s March billings, were due March 14.

Members were to be drawn from 14 interest areas: boatbuilder-shipyard, boathouse owner, citizen-at-large, commercial fishing, commercial work boat-industrial, liveaboard, Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, Port Angeles Yacht Club, recreational boater, sport fishing, trailer boater, port board of commissioners, port staff and port harbormaster.

The panel’s purpose is “to provide a forum for open communications between PABH tenants and stakeholders and the port commission and management,” according to the group’s charter.

The committee also will consider marina safety, marketing and marina promotion, coordination of special events and “marina economics,” including revenue, expenses and capital expenditures.

The upcoming logging conference will give commissioners and staff a chance to “do some promotional hosting” and will include taking about a dozen representatives of logging industry companies and port customers out to lunch at a nearby Chinese restaurant, Calhoun said.

The “best available” nightly rate of $189 in Canadian currency — about $168 in U.S. dollars — was listed Monday on the Fairmont Empress hotel’s website, www.fairmont.com.

About 275 people from the public and private sectors are expected to attend the conference.

The theme is “Industry Capacity — Meeting Market Demand?”

Activities will include riding the Adrena LINE Zipline, golf, live entertainment and a 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2 “Tour & Taste Vancouver Island,” according to the itinerary.

Speakers will include Michael Hampton, president and CEO of Hampton Lumber Sales Co., the marketing division of Portland, Ore.-based Hampton Affiliates.

At their meeting today, commissioners also will discuss the progress of lease negotiations with Merrill & Ring, a North Olympic Peninsula timber and land management company, to rent land for storing logs at the port’s William R. Fairchild International Airport.

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Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5060, or at pgottlieb@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: March 24. 2014 6:42PM
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