Port of Port Townsend gets $1.3 million federal grant to build passenger ferry

by Tim Flanagan on August 16, 2011

Larry Croix has this opinion piece in the Kitsap Sun:

The attempt by some to establish a Port of Bainbridge Island will — if approved — be one more stone hanging from the necks of citizens of that island. It could be the straw that finally breaks the back of the city of Bainbridge Island.

I understand the motivation of the individuals supporting the formation of a port district, malady but I see it as one more of the "that’s a good idea" projects which in the end cause real problems. It establishes a new taxing authority that is born with debt and the power to levy higher taxes without further public approval.

Establishing a port district in no way reduces the taxes currently being collected by existing taxing authorities.

Read more: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/aug/16/larry-croix-the-potential-weight-of-a-bainbridge/#ixzz1VFLM8McU

Port Townsend-Seattle service could start in 2013; Port wants ferry built here

Patrick J. Sullivan has the story in the Port Townsend Leader:

The Port of Port Townsend wants the passenger ferry to be used on a Port Townsend-Seattle route to be built here, emergency
and be ready for summer 2013.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.3 million grant for the public port district to build a 49-passenger, here high-speed ferry for a Port Townsend-Seattle route.

Although it could be attractive to commuters, the customer base is seen primarily as tourists coming here, and locals traveling to Seattle. A 30-knot boat could make the run from Point Hudson to downtown Seattle in an hour and 10 minutes.

Many steps remain, but a project that has been a dream for some in Port Townsend and Jefferson County for many years – a passenger ferry akin to the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet of old – is officially under way.

“It is going to be up to the community to make this a success,” said Larry Crockett, the port’s executive director. “The port is wiling to step up and provide the infrastructure and the vessel, but it is the community that will make or break it."

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Also, see coverage in the Peninsula Daily News

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