Langley Marina under new ownership
June 25, 2008 · Updated 6:42 PM
"Puget Sound boaters will have somewhere between Everett and Oak Harbor to gas up next summer if the new owner of Langley Marina meets her self-imposed timetable.Linda Moore took ownership of Langley Marina on June 22, handing over $125,000 in cash to Barney Hein, who for decades was a colorful waterfront figure in Langley. Hein moved off the island several years ago and finally found a buyer for his marina.For the money, Moore received 105 feet of waterfront and a condemned building just as long that's also 75 feet wide, including the piers over the water. The city owns the tidelands, but Moore negotiated a tidelands lease before purchasing the property.Moore isn't the first would-be purchaser, but she's the first to buy the marina outright. For several years the Reamer family tried to make a go of the marina, but it finally went back to Hein. The Reamers attempted to sell gas but had to stop for environmental reasons, and the dilapidated old building was later condemned by the City of Langley.Hein had the property listed for $350,000. Moore said he took less because of the regulatory hurdles facing any new owner of the property. A permit to sell gas will be difficult to acquire and parking and rebuilding the marina pose other permitting problems.Langley Mayor Lloyd Furman welcomed Moore's purchase of the marina, which has long been a headache for the city. We're excited, Furman said Wednesday. I think it's a very positive step.Supporters of a large new marina for Langley welcome Moore's presence. Ray Honerlah, city council member, presented the information as good news at the last port meeting.But Moore isn't thinking about a big marina in the waters off Langley Marina. She said her decision to purchase the property was based solely on making the business succeed.Moore is closely tied to the nonprofit Goosefoot Community Fund, headed by Nancy Nordhoff. Goosefoot has purchased several properties for public or environmental reasons, but Moore said it had no involvement with Langley Marina. Her only partner is Ginger Miller, a long-time friend and part-time Whidbey Island resident.Moore looks at the old marina building as a 16-year-old boy might look at a sputtering jalopy he got cheap. She sees it for what it can be, not as it is.Moore sees a rebuilt Langley Marina building, using as much of the existing lumber as possible, with a variety of businesses operating inside. Fuel will be available to passing boaters, fishing supplies to anglers, dive gear to scuba divers, and fresh fish to the public.Moore has already talked to local businesses, such as the Star Store and Sebo's hardware, to see if they would like to expand operations to the marina building. That way, she said, It will be fully integrated into the community.Parking appears to be the most compelling problem Moore has to deal with. The marina building came with zero legal parking spaces according to city code. The only nearby parking area was on a small triangle of property across the street that was sold separately by Hein last year. The nearby Boatyard Inn purchased it for $50,000, Moore said.City code requires on-site parking, which Moore can only provide by parking cars on the lower level of the rebuilt marina building.Mayor Furman thinks that's a good idea. She knows the code, Furman said. Parking on the first floor.Moore is hoping to find a way to avoid that rule. My intention is to have the building look and feel pretty much the same, she said. First floor parking would destroy the historic aesthetic of the front porch, which I want to save.She has faith that parking problems will somehow be resolved and her vision of the new Langley Marina, featuring beer, bait and tackle, will come true.Furman expressed confidence that Moore is someone who can bring Langley Marina back to life. She's got a lot of work ahead of her but she's facing it with enthusiasm, he said. "