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"Harbor shipshape, but could use work"

"Photo: Bill Hawkins, Ray Honerlah, and Doug Allderdice talk with Langley harbormaster Ben Reams, right, about the condition of the Langley Small Boat Harbor.Matt Johnson / staff photoLangley's Small Boat Harbor is not only a haven for Whidbey Island and travelling boaters, but to scuba divers as well, and if the harbor's popularity continues to grow, its facilities will need some improvements.Showing members of the Langley City Council around the harbor Wednesday afternoon, harbormaster Ben Reams said recently expanded docking facilities and easy diving access are drawing people to Langley. That is good for the harbor's income, which could reach its highest level ever this year, at least in the area of transient and permanent boat moorage. But to keep people coming, Reams said, the city will have to spend some money to keep boaters and other harbor users happy.Reams is looking for about $19,000 this year to make improvements in the harbor. Tasks on his to do list include $1,500 in painting and repairs in the harbor's restrooms, $500 for dock bumpers, $5,000 for maintenance on the harbor's new pumpout barge, $2,000 to install walkway lights, and $10,000 to install 10 power boxes. Those boxes will allow boaters to hook into electric power and live aboard their boats while in port.In 1999, the harbor earned over $68,000 from moorage fees and is on pace to earn as much or more this year. At present, the city has no plans to expand the harbor for more moorage. The city recently installed a new, 100-foot mooring float. Last spring, the city council created four year-round moorage slips for use by Langley boat owners.The Port of South Whidbey commissioners have recently discussed marina possibilities in Langley but no concrete proposals have been made."

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