The Port of Toledo closer to getting that “Big Lift” it’s needed
The big moment for a BIG boat lift is coming up late next week at the Port of Toledo. The bid award will come probably Friday, according to port staff. Of course everyone is hoping to get the biggest lift their money can lift, itself. And that’s somewhere around 600 tons which would allow the Port of Toledo to offer major services to just about the entire West Coast and Alaskan fishing fleets.
The lift will cause a big increase in business for the port in terms of engine overhauls, superstructure alterations, hull and screw-shaft alley maintenance, winch overhauls and replacements – any and everything dealing with commercial fishing vessels – even some pleasure craft, of course. It’s going to be a very busy place with a lot of money pouring into the Newport/Toledo labor market. And all mostly family wage jobs. So the state grant money for the lift will be paying some big economic dividends.
Angell Youth Corps workers laying pavers
The Port Commission got an update on the latest visual upgrade at the pavilion on the waterfront and the walkway from the restrooms clear west toward the old port offices. The Angell Youth Corps workers have been laying pavers the whole way. And they’ve been making good progress. But as you can see, the pavers are as decorative as they are small. So it’s taking a lot of detailed work to get them laid in just right. They’re hoping the entire run will be installed by the time the Wooden Boat Show arrives. It looks like it’s going to be close! The Wooden Boat Show kicks off August 15th.
Port Commission gets new President
The Port Commission voted in a new President. Commissioner Mike Kriz is now the one swinging the gavel, taking over from Commissioner Rick Graff.