South Whidbey Harbor expansion nears finish, port preps for ceremony

There are still a few more tasks left on the to-do list, but the expansion at South Whidbey Harbor is now open for public use and port officials are preparing for a grand opening next week.

Langley resident Marie Lincoln takes a morning walk on the new docks at South Whidbey Harbor. The project is nearly complete and the Port of South Whidbey is planning a grand opening next week.

There are still a few more tasks left on the to-do list, but the expansion at South Whidbey Harbor is now open for public use and port officials are preparing for a grand opening next week.

Though the ceremony is yet to come, the gates opened in late March and the new facility has already gotten some use. At least two yacht clubs have visited, Harbormaster Duncan McPhee said.

“It’s getting all broken in,” McPhee said.

The new floats, designated as docks D and E, add 330 feet of additional space to the marina, and can accommodate larger vessels with a draft of 25 feet or less.

“We don’t have any concerns about depth,” McPhee said.

Staff members at the Port of South Whidbey are quickly checking off the last items on the list to complete before the big opening, which includes replacing two light heads and finishing signs. The grand opening will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25. Congressman Rick Larsen is expected to attend.

Consultant Dane Anderson was expected to meet with Langley’s Design Review Board for the final approval of signs on April 15, but the meeting was held after The Record went to press Tuesday.

Boaters and local residents who visit the harbor on a daily basis are enjoying walking along the new dock, according to McPhee.

“It’s a great public space, not just for docking boats,” he said. “Crabbers should do much better here than on the wharf.”

With the soft opening and substantial completion finished, former operations manager Ed Field concluded his service for the port district April 4.

“He’s done a pretty good job of wrapping things up and hopefully combining the details of the staff,” Commissioner Curt Gordon said during a meeting on April 8.

Field moved from his position as operations manager to construction manager in February after commissioners began to reorganize the staff structure. Commissioners plan to redefine and restructure staff positions by the end of this year.

Work on the $1.7 million expansion project began in May 2013 to add space for larger boats and yacht clubs.

 

More in News

Vanderwerfhorst
Level 3 sex offender moves to Langley

The Island County Sheriff’s Office is holding a meeting Monday to talk… Continue reading

Lines from crab pots snarl ferries

Ferries and crab pots don’t mix, state officials warn. The ferries on… Continue reading

Mysterious bag found | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County… Continue reading

Uninhabited house destroyed in blaze

Officials from Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue say they are unable… Continue reading

Freeland shopping center proposes to build sewage treatment facility

Owners of Freeland Plaza Shopping Center have submitted an application to replace… Continue reading

Dog rescued from bluff

Firefighters from South Whidbey Fire/EMS and Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue… Continue reading

Photo by Emily Gilbert/South Whidbey Record.
                                Samantha Ollis, of Langley, with her cows Duke, left, and Daisy, which she’s raised.
Menagerie at the fair

Kids in 4-H and their animals greeted visitors of the Whidbey Island… Continue reading

EMS seeking levy renewal

Extending EMS levy ‘vital to our hospital system’

Clinton ADA beach dedication set for July 21

Blue mats bring beach time for all abilities

Most Read