In response to meeting guidelines established during the COVID-19 pandemic, commissioners and staff from the Port of Anacortes met “remotely” at their March 19 meeting. Commissioners logged on to the session using technology that allowed each to hear and speak in the livestream session. Port Executive Director Dan Worra was on site at the Port facility. Among actions taken at the online session was approval of a 2020 comprehensive recreation plan essential to pursuit of grants from the state Recreation & Conservation Office (RCO). Past grants from RCO have been used toward the cost of improvements including docks C-Q. “This is essentially our wish list to make us grant eligible,” said Commissioner Joe Verdoes,” who voted with the rest of the commission to approve it. Another element of the online meeting was election of officers for the Port Commission sub-group operating as the Port of Anacortes Industrial Development Corporation. Officers for 2020 were elected: President Ken Goodwin, Vice President Jon Petrich, Secretary Bonnie Bowers. Click to see web link to this session.
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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