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Final Vote Cast on Fisherman's Terminal

Sam Eaton
01/09/2002

The Port of Seattle has made a final vote to allow recreational boats to moor at Fishermenís Terminal. KUOWís Sam Eaton reports.

THE PORT OF SEATTLE COMMISSIONERS BROKE FROM NEARLY A CENTURY OF TRADITION YESTERDAY, VOTING TO END FISHERMENíS TERMINALíS REIGN AS THE LAST COMMERCIAL-ONLY FACILITY ON THE WEST COAST. WHILE THE VOTE WAS EXPECTED, THAT DIDNíT STOP SEVERAL DOZEN FISHERMEN AND BLUE COLLAR WORKERS FROM VOICING THEIR FINAL WORDS OF DISSENT AT THE MEETING. MICHAEL WOO CLAIMS THE PORT COMMISSIONERS FAILED TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THEM IN OFFICE. This process, this public process is essentially a joke. MANY IN THE CROWD CONVEYED A DEEP DISTRUST OF THE PORTíS ACTIONS, BELIEVING THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO PUSH THE FISHERMEN OUT AND YUPPIFY FISHERMENíS TERMINAL. OTHERS, LIKE CAROL BROXEN, LIKEN THE BATTLE TO A CLASS WAR. Any city that does not support its white collar work force with a solid foundation of blue collar workers who are actually producing goods and services will have its monument to being a world class city built upon sand or on dot com and dot gone (applause) BUT PORT COMMISSIONERS SAY THEIR HANDS ARE TIED. COMMISSIONER CLARE NORDQUIST SAYS THE EXTRA INCOME RECREATIONAL BOATERS WOULD GENERATE IS DESPARATELY NEEDED GIVEN THE TERMINALíS HIGH VACANCY RATE. A facility that is 40% empty is not a viable facility and itís a death knell in itself to the facility. Thatís my belief, you donít have to agree with it but thatís my belief. And by putting viability and a lot of vibrancy into this facility we can make it work. AND NORDQUIST SAYS IN NO WAY WOULD THAT VIABILTY AND VIBRANCY EVER PRECLUDE THE NEEDS OF THE FISHERMEN. UNDER THE PLAN, THE PORT WOULD INVEST OVER 30-MILLION DOLLARS IN BADLY NEEDED UPGRADES TO THE AGING FACILITY AND FISHING BOATS WOULD BE GUARANTEED PRIORITY MOORAGE. THE PROJECTíS TIMELINE STILL HASNíT BEEN SET. SAM EATON, KUOW, 94.9, PUBLIC RADIO.

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