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Bush Point project nears start date

Although late on an anticipated construction date, a proper public beach access at Bush Point is slowly moving forward.

At a Port of South Whidbey meeting this month, Port manager Ed Field said the Department of Fish and Wildlife will soon demolish the existing structures on the property and begin work on a new public boat launch. The Port district received the permit from Island County last fall giving permission to Fish and Wildlife to construct the boat launch and a fishing float at the popular fishing spot. Last fall, Port officials predicted construction on the project starting late this summer.

Field said Fish and Wildlife is projecting to have the work at Bush Point completed by summer 2005. The work has been delayed several times because of permitting issues.

In 1999, the Port with Fish and Wildlife entered into an ownership/management partnership to operate and manage the Bush Point property after the new fishing structures are completed. Management, maintenance and operation of the new facility will be handled by the Port.

The money to pay for the upgrades is being paid out by Fish and Wildlife.

Before construction can begin, an old sling boat launch system will need to be demolished. Also slated to go is an old crab shack, which Field said could be given to an interested party who can remove it from the property. If no one removes the shack by Oct. 18, it will be demolished.

“Anyone who wants to haul it off at this point can have it,” Field said.

When the project is finished, Field said the boat launch, the float and public restrooms will be on the property. Two separate parking lots are also planned for the area.

According to Field, all items of value from inside of the crab shack will be displayed Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the building next to the Clinton ferry terminal. A public viewing of appliances and cabinets will take place for items in the old Kenmir building.

Interested parties in the crab shack or the items inside it should contact the Port District of South Whidbey at their offices 5492 Harbor Avenue, Freeland.

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