Port Angeles pitch: perfect place for NOAA base

by Tim Flanagan on February 23, 2009

Article by Paige Dickerson of the Peninsula Daily News:

PORT ANGELES — In its pitch to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, buy information pills the Port of Port Angeles says the deepwater harbor and the community on its shores would be ideal for a new NOAA operating base.

In a 3-inch binder stuffed with pages of information, click maps and statistics on the North Olympic Peninsula, the proposal outlines how NOAA would fit into the Port Angeles area.

The proposal cites the distance to Seattle — 78 miles — and to the Pacific Ocean — 64 miles — as the “perfect balance.”

NOAA is looking to move its fleet from Seattle’s Lake Union, when its lease runs out in 2011, to a location in Puget Sound or the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

In addition to Port Angeles, the ports of Bellingham, Seattle and Newport, Ore., are campaigning to win the NOAA base.

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