Port’s future plans are taking shape

The Port of Kingston is making strides in its master plan, to be completed by 2013.

KINGSTON — The Port of Kingston is making strides in its master plan, to be completed by 2013.

At a public hearing Feb. 16, commissioners Pete DeBoer and Walt Elliott discussed short-, medium-  and long-term plans with Harbormaster Kevin Van Vliet and consultant Burr Stewart.

The commission finalized several short-term plans, to be completed within five years, including replacement of moorage roofing, minor expansion of the marina, a new playground, a parking study, retaining-wall repairs, landscaping the boat launch shoreside, dredging the launch ramp, continuing SoundRunner ferry service, and reconfiguring the sailing program floats.

Projects planned in five to 10 years include improving shoreline public access, parking study implementation, upland development, stormwater improvements, underground utility upgrades, breakwater flow changes, partnering on a museum or public attraction, facilitating development of a restaurant and/or hotel, commercial fishing enhancement, launch ramp improvements, piling replacement, and exploring seaplane access.

Long-term plans in 10-15 years include marina float rehabilitation, major marina expansion outside the breakwater, and upland development. Commissioners encourage the public to contact them and port staff to comment on the plan: (360) 297-3545, www.portofkingston.org.


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