The Newport city tourism facilities task force is meeting Tuesday to review grant requests from several agencies seeking funding for tourism facility improvements or new construction. Top of the list is the Sea Lion Dock Foundation which is seeking $10,000 to help construct new permanent concrete docks for the sea lions, along with a public viewing platform pushed out over the water so crowds don’t get in the way of fishing boat operations that go on down there on the waterfront just about 24/7.
The tourism industry along the Bayfront is in favor of dock restoration because the sea lions are among the most popular attractions along the Bayfront. However, fishermen aren’t very keen on it since sea lions love to gobble up salmon which means they compete with fishermen for the bounty of the sea. The city is betting that there is room for both along the Bayfront.
The grant committee is expected to make their recommendations to the city council later this month. Also competing for a share of the $90,000 pie is Salmon for Oregon which seeks to establish a spring Chinook salmon run in Yaquina Bay. The Lincoln County Historical Society is another applicant as well as the PCH District Foundation.
The committee meets Tuesday, 9am in Conference Room A, Newport City Hall. The public is welcomed to attend.