Anacortes votes to woo yacht-maker, too — will PA win the bid?

ANACORTES — Port Angeles and Anacortes seem even in their bids to land Westport Shipyard, which promises to bring 200 family-wage jobs to the city it picks for a new luxury yacht-building facility.

After hearing three hours of overwhelmingly supportive public testimony Thursday night, Port of Anacortes commissioners voted to sell three acres of waterfront property to Westport if it will build in Anacortes.

On Monday night, Port of Port Angeles commissioners voted to sell three acres of Port property to the Grays Harbor company if it builds its new line of $30 million, 164-foot yachts in Port Angeles.

Both ports said the sale to Westport would have a buy-back clause, allowing the ports to repurchase the land if Westport fails to meet construction deadlines or employment goals.

But the three acres in Anacortes would cost more — $7 a square foot, or about $915,000, versus $4.05 a square foot, or $530,000, in Port Angeles.


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