The Newport City Council had $25,000 left over from a million dollar fund to have local groups build new tourism facilities in Newport. Monday night the council awarded $8,666 to the Lincoln County Historical Society, $8,667 to the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and $8,667 to The Sea Lion Dock Foundation.
Sea Lion Dock Foundation founder Bob Ward told News Lincoln County that they’ve already provided the sea lions with floating concrete surfaces to lounge on, but those who want to watch them are still stuck with the same old narrow dock space above where the sea lions lounge and bark loudly at those watching from the dock above.
Ward says the overview area of the pier owned by the Port of Newport still provides a pretty good viewing area for the public including visitors from throughout the world. But port officials want visitors to congregate on a new overlook platform that gets people off what the port calls a very busy part of the dock for unloading and provisioning fishing boats – vessels that are a critical component of Lincoln County’s overall economy.
Ward acknowledges the need to more safely position sea lion viewers, but he also points out that they have not yet been able to raise the rest of the estimated $75,000 to build an observation platform that would give visitors an enhanced, yet safe, near face-to-face experience with the sea lions.
Ward says those who would like to donate to the construction of the viewer over-look at the Sea Lion Docks can do so by going to their website: NewportSeaLionDocks.com Donors can donate by credit card or Pay Pal.