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South Whidbey port asks for meeting on passenger ferries

Port of South Whidbey officials have told county commissioners that they’re interested in helping start passenger-only ferry service that would connect Langley, Camano Island, Coupeville and Oak Harbor.

Port commissioners sent a letter of support for water taxi service in Saratoga Passage to county commissioners earlier this month.

The suggestion comes as the port continues its plans for an expansion of the Langley Marina.

“There are many details that need to be addressed for this endeavor, and we remain open to any and all suggestions,” reads the letter, signed by all three port commissioners. “Since any required capital improvements will likely involve a considerable amount of lead time and expense, it is our intent to begin the conversations as early as possible.”

Port officials have asked the county to participate in an informal meeting with other elected officials to develop a work plan for passenger-only ferry service.

County commissioners were expected to talk about the port’s letter at their work session this week.

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