Port of Port Townsend sets Wednesday workshop meeting in response to comments

PORT TOWNSEND — In response to comments from members of the Port Townsend Marine Trades Association, the Port of Port Townsend is holding a workshop meeting to discuss economic challenges at the Boat Haven Marina.

The meeting will be at the Port Commission Building, 333 Benedict St., in Port Townsend at 5:30 p.m Wednesday.

The meeting was placed on the port’s schedule Monday morning after discussions at last week’s meeting, according to port Communications Manager Kimberly Matej.

Because it is scheduled as a workshop meeting, no recordings will be taken by the port and no decisions will be made, according to Matej.

“It’s just a discussion,” Matej said.

The main issues from the local members of the Marine Trades Association were the rate hikes in the Boat Haven Marina coupled with noticeably less activity in the yard, according to Marine Trade Association member Gwendolyn Tracy of Fine Yacht Interiors.

“We want to discuss the long-term longevity and what this could mean for the port,” Tracy said.

According to Tracy, the Marine Trades Association originally requested the meeting specifically with the port commissioners.

“We’re kind of taken aback that the staff is part of the meeting now,” Tracy said.

While the meeting was called based on comments from Marine Trade Association members, the meeting is open to the public, according to Matej.

“It’s for anyone who wants to come,” Matej said.

Because it is only a workshop, there is no posted agenda, other than there will be a presentation by the port staff followed by a question-and-answer period.

The port also posted that it is expecting all three commissioners at the workshop.

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Jefferson County Editor/Reporter Cydney McFarland can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 55052, or at [email protected]

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