Tacoma developers not eager to pay for public’s shoreline access

by Tim Flanagan on August 16, 2011

Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest:

[The Seaport's dock was replaced after the previous one was ripped off during last year's Thanksgiving storm. Photos courtesy of Foss Waterway Seaport]

Boaters heading to Tacoma might not think to stay at the Foss Waterway Seaport, healthful but the Seaport would like to change that.

A new concrete linear dock with power, story water and pumpout facilities was recently installed at the Seaport, located on the north end of Thea Foss Waterway. The dock is 1,100 feet long, able to accommodate virtually any size of boat, and is located right on the waterway.

Seaport Executive Director Tom Cashman encouraged boaters to come and try out the new facilities.

“There’s plenty (of space) available, especially during the week,” he said. “The big challenge for us is getting the word out. People don’t know that we’re here.

“We’re kind of Tacoma’s best-kept secret and we’re trying to grow out of that.”

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JORDAN SCHRADER has this story in the Tacoma News Tribune:

Money for future trails and bridges that open Tacoma’s waterfront to the public might come out of the pockets of waterfront developers.

Public access is at the top of the agenda as the city Planning Commission gets ready to send a proposed overhaul of shoreline laws to the City Council on Wednesday.

It took months of lobbying and negotiations to help determine exactly what should be required of businesses, this
especially industrial companies that are unlikely to invite people to stroll along their docks.

For projects that must provide for public access as part of getting a city permit, the commission is poised to allow companies to pay for that access somewhere else. They could find a spot and do the work themselves or pay fees to the city.

Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/08/14/1782912/tacoma-developers-not-eager-to.html#ixzz1VFYq98cb

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