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Port of South Whidbey makes pick for marina work

The Port of South Whidbey has chosen engineering firm Reid Middleton of Everett to help the port on the next step of design, permitting and construction of an improved marina in Langley.

Reid Middleton was awarded a $29,000 contract for pre-design evaluation and assessment, including a thorough look at existing wind and wave studies and the port’s earlier work on design and cost estimates.

“I’m hoping for a rock-solid design in six weeks that will let us initiate the permit process,” said Port Commissioner Geoff Tapert. “Reid Middleton’s job is to help us get the breakwater in place, develop an estimate of the harbor perimeter and begin further improvements.”

The other bidder, Transpac Marinas based in Anacortes, went a different direction. The company’s bid included building docks and slips for $5.6 million.

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