July 16th, 2020

Building permits exceed 2019 numbers

Despite the dramatic disruption of business activity due to COVID-19, Anacortes Mayor Laurie Gere reports that the number of building permits issued by the city is actually up over this same time in 2019. Gere did not give a breakdown of permit types in 2019, but she reported active permits at this time: 8 accessory dwelling unit permits; 30 single family residential permits; 74 single family residential alteration permits. Total permits for 2020 to date: 333, compared to 324 at this time in 2019. These statistics were part of a July 8 “community briefing” delivered online by the mayor.

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About Photographer 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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