Port Of Olympia Calls Public Meeting On Marine Fueling Facility

 

Submitted by Port of Olympia

OLYMPIA – The Port of Olympia invites citizens to a public meeting about a proposed marine fueling station at Swantown Marina, located on the East Bay in downtown Olympia. The purpose of the meeting is to receive input on whether or not the Port should go forward with constructing a marine fueling station.

The presentation will include a project overview by port executive director Ed Galligan, a feasibility study presented by Scott Kuebler, PE, SE, KPFF Consulting Engineers, and next steps of the project followed by public comment.

Margaret Norton-Arnold, president of Norton-Arnold and Associates, will emcee the event and facilitate the public comment.

Doors will open on Feb. 4 at 6:00 pm. at the Olympia Center – Room A, 222 Columbia St. NW.  The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Over the years, the Commission has received many requests for the construction of a fuel dock on port property, and a fuel dock was in the early plans for Swantown Marina.  The current Commission authorized staff to contract for a project feasibility study; the contract was awarded to KPFF Consulting Engineers.

The Commission also asked the Port of Olympia Citizen Advisory Committee to develop a public participation plan for the proposed fuel dock project. Plan implementation includes the public meeting on Feb. 4th.

Citizens can also review project information and make comments at http://www.portolympia.com/marinefuelstation. Comments will be accepted through Feb. 18th.

Thurston County has 10,534 registered vessels and 2,007 available moorage slips with 1,607 in downtown Olympia, which has five marinas and a yacht club.

In Washington State, 32 public ports and cities operate marinas, of which 20 have fuel docks on their property.

 

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