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Newport: Tourism grant committee recommends some big bucks to local agencies

Newport:  Promoting tourism.

Newport: Promoting tourism.

The Newport Tourism Facilities Grant Review Task Force played Santa Claus in August today, giving thumbs up to the Sea Lion Docks Foundation, the Lincoln County Historical Society and Pacific Communities Hospital. Salmon for Oregon, to some folks’ surprise, got a lump of coal in their summer stocking. But that is likely to be temporary. The Task Force didn’t think the group had all their ducks in a row to actually use the money.

Sea Lion Dock Foundation was recommended to be awarded $10,000 to finish off their funding for the new sea lion dock down on the Bayfront. With an earlier grant of $50,000, the new docks for the sea lions can now move forward along with a special extended tourism viewing area protruding from the dock to the west, slightly.

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The Lincoln County Historical Society was recommended to be awarded $14,000 for a large sign at the bottom of the drive for the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center on the Bayfront, complete with a large ship’s engine propeller that came off the Paisley which was removed as part of the International Terminal project.

And Pacific Communities Health District Foundation was recommended to be awarded $50,000 to create a long series of medical educational seminars to attract medical technicians clear up to specialty doctors to Newport to meet their professional medical education requirements – which means they’ll be likely staying a day or two longer to go from being students to tourists. Good for the local tourist industry.

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Salmon for Oregon, which is trying to create a Spring Chinook run in Yaquina Bay, had asked for $25,000 but did not make the recommendation “cut” – the task force saying they didn’t think that the organization was quite ready for an infusion of funds for their project.

The task force recommendations for funding are just that – recommendations. The final decision on grant awards is always up to the Newport City Council. They’ll be making those decisions during their regular city council session on September 2nd, 6pm at city hall.

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