Port of Port Townsend financially stable, so time for strategic plan, executive director tells board

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port of Port Townsend needs a strategic plan, Port Executive Director Larry Crockett said as he offered commissioners a list of topics for discussion.

“The port is financially stable. We’re in the black,” Crockett said.

“Ten years ago, that was not the case.”

Crockett said Wednesday that some criticize the port for acting like a business.

“Well it is a business,” he said.

It must, by law, meet its financial obligations, cover the costs of doing business, maintain legally required reserves and be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money, he said.

He presented a list of 27 topics, and recommended that the commissioners discuss each once and prioritize them for the next 15 to 20 years.

Crockett said many of the items he listed would directly affect the Port’s revenue stream.

Crockett, who has managed the port since April 1999, said the time was right to take the port through a strategic planning and capital budget process.

He envisions the process as guiding the port through the many topics and issues that have been brought up by port staff, commissioners or members of the public.

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