Port creates two advisory groups

Published March 6, 2019 / by Steve Berentson

The Port of Anacortes has created two new advisory groups as the organization moves forward with North and West Basin Redevelopment plans in 2019. The first panel is the Events Center Advisory Group, made up of representatives of users of the current events center, including the Anacortes Arts Festival, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, the Anacortes Schools Foundation, the Anacortes Vintage Market, and others. The focus of this group will be to advise the Port on what elements are desirable in creating a new events facility. Second is the North & West Basin Redevelopment Advisory Group, which will examine the overall design and layout of the North and West basins of the Cap Sante Marina including: location for an events center, hotel and RV Park sites, and public access and recreation amenities as well as connectivity to the City’s Depot Arts and Community Center and to downtown. Both groups will meet to share ideas at various stages in the project. The Port’s goal for 2019 is to end the year with a 30 percent design of the North & West Basin and 30 percent design of the events center. To share thoughts, email: nwredevelopment@portofanacortes.com. A North & West Basin Redevelopment Open House will take place at the Seafarers’ Memorial Park Building on April 25, starting at 6:30 p.m. (Aerial photo 2015)

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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