June 25, 2008 · Updated 9:45 PM
"Langley Marina has become something of a blight through the years, but under new ownership its future looks brighter than ever.New owner Linda Moore completed her purchase of the marina last month from Barney Hein. The marina fell into disrepair in recent years, but for decades Hein, a colorful waterfront fixture, ran a great show down at the harbor. He sold gas, bait and beer, and that's largely what Moore wants to continue.Moore's idea of retaining a working marina is a real benefit to the community when you think of what might have happened to the property: a waterfront restaurant, yet another inn, high-priced condos or a single family mega-home, for example. None would have preserved the area's historic character, which Moore seems determined to do.She may need some help from the city, however. The building comes with no legal parking spaces and if the city's parking ordinance is strictly applied we could end up with an ugly combination of a parking garage and a marina. The parking code may be fine for downtown but some leeway should be shown for the harbor area. There may be creative solutions to Langley Marina's parking problems and we urge city leaders to do all they can to help Moore retain the area's working waterfront character.If Moore's dreams come true, in the near future Langley Marina will offer bait, beer, gas, kayak rentals, hardware, groceries, fishing tackle and other boating and recreational necessities. Langley will once again have a real marina, which is a goal we should all work to achieve. "