Ports planning to partner to issue federal funding

The Port of Coupeville plans to partner with the Port of South Whidbey to administer CARES relief funds for businesses located in the unincorporated areas of the island.

“We’re partnering on this together so it’s not going to be me fighting for my business and him fighting for his,” said Port of Coupeville Director Chris Michalopoulos.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the Port of Coupeville discussed how it would distribute the federal dollars.

The ports are expected to receive about $200,000 in relief funding from Island County. Michalopoulos said he wants to target businesses that have not had the opportunity to apply for a payroll protection program or Small Business Association Fund.

“You have this unincorporated area that doesn’t pay utility taxes and so forth,” he said.

“So there isn’t a vat of money that is going to be put into a grant program for those businesses to be reimbursed for COVID-19 related expenses.”

Michalopoulos said he expects to have the applications ready for businesses next week.

Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can use the funds for any expense that not already been reimbursed by a different fund, which includes payroll, rent, PPE and plexiglass. As long as a business has receipts, the reimbursements could date back to March.

The two ports have not signed an interdistrict agreement, South Whidbey Port Director Stan Reeves said, and are still waiting on Island County for an interagency agreement.

“The latest word is that we’ll have a draft of this interagency agreement with Island County on Monday,” he said.

More in News

Appeal filed against homeless shelter project

A proposed overnight homeless shelter has drawn criticism from neighbors.

Man to be sentenced again for child rape

A former Coupeville resident may be resentenced due to new case law regarding juvenile offenders.

School board seeks candidates for vacancy

Applications are now being accepted for the vacancy on the South Whidbey School Board.

Council to discuss committees

The Langley City Council will discuss its growing number of citizen-led committees at a workshop.

Man gets jail for vehicular assault

A Langley man was sentenced to jail for driving intoxicated and seriously injuring a passenger.

Island County expands COVID testing hours

This coming week, testing will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 20 and 21 in Oak Harbor.

Port sets $20 an hour minimum wage for staff

Executive Director Stan Reeves broached the subject at a recent Port of South Whidbey meeting.

She went out through the bathroom window | Island Scanner

Wednesday, Dec. 1 At 7:38 a.m., a Sunshine Lane resident reported that… Continue reading

Best of Whidbey certificates are available

They’re here! First-place winners of the “Best of Whidbey” contest are invited… Continue reading

Most Read