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Walk-on ferries’ funding sought by Port of South Whidbey
The Port of South Whidbey is one step closer to obtaining funding for expanded usage at South Whidbey Harbor.
The Island County Council of Governments recommended the port receive $130,000 from the .09 Rural Economic Development Funds, during a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
The project would modify the outside wall of the breakwater at South Whidbey Harbor to accommodate passenger ferries.
Currently, the breakwater is designed for tie ups on the inside of the breakwater and the project aims to move passengers on and off the ferry without interfering with transient boaters, said Port Finance Manager Angi Mozer.
The port has been in discussion with passenger ferries, such as the Victoria Clipper and Hat Island Ferry, to use the harbor on a regular basis, Mozer said.
The port submitted the application in late November 2013. The recommendation will now go to Island County Commissioners for approval. If approved, the port will work out further details with the county through inter-local agreements.