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August 31st, 2020
Port & friends go to Washington: 2006
More than 10 years after it was first envisioned, the Port of Anacortes in 2008 kicked off Project Pier 1, a partnership between public and private entities. This $20 million Port project involved Dakota Creek Industries (DCI) and other partners including the state Department of Ecology. A diverse team of project promoters visited Washington, D.C. in February 2006 to seek support. Pictured on the steps in the center photo attached is part of the group, including (l. to r.) Don Wick of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County; Port of Anacortes Commissioner Steve Hopley; Port staff representative Bob Elsner; Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell; DCI representative Mike Nelson; Port staff representative Margaret Schwertner. The third photo was taken at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony in 2008.
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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