When the whole town’s population is just 1,400, it’s not hard to imagine that a few notable folks might get caught up in a law enforcement action – in this case on the waterfront – inside the World’s Smallest Harbor.
As NewsLincolnCounty.com has been reporting to you over the past week, Tradewinds Charter Service of Depoe Bay has been rocked by a grand jury indictment against the owners of the company, party of their family and a couple of contract skippers who provide charter service under the auspices of Tradewinds. The allegations contend that fishing licenses allegedly sold to customers were not purchased by the charter service yet they charged their customers as if they had been.
And being a small town, it’s not surprising that some of those indicted for racketeering and theft service serve on the Depoe Bay Harbor Commission whose job it is to advise the city council on matters related to the operations and maintenance of the harbor. In this case, Eva Harmon and Noelie Achen, both daughters of Tradewinds owner Tim Harmon as well as the skippers of two charter boats that are under contract with Tradewinds – Dan Zimmerman and Roman Smolcic.
The irony is that there’s been some tension between the harbor commission and the city council over a variety of issues – one based on differences of opinion over how well the two political bodies communicate with each other. During the last city council meeting some verbal daggers were thrown at the commission as to who serves at the pleasure of whom. The council appoints members to the harbor commission.
In light of the grand jury indictment it would appear that the city council is in the catbird’s seat on the current political squabbling. Under the city charter the city council appoints harbor commission members and they can remove harbor commission members at will. Certainly the easiest thing to do would be for the four indicted commissioners to resign their posts.
The next city council session is set for later this month.