The Newport Port Commission made it official Tuesday – fellow commissioners selected Newport insurance agent Steve Beck to replace Commissioner David Jincks, a former deep sea fisherman who resigned recently to retire and move to an area just east of Bend for a complete change of scenery – lots of sand but no ocean.
Beck tells News Lincoln County he and his wife lived in the Central Coast of California for a number of years but decided to try a different Central Coast – of Oregon – 13 years ago. He says it’s been a good move for he and his wife Susan. They’ve established a successful insurance agency while building a passion for their community.
Beck immediately jumped into things becoming a board member of several strategic organizations dealing with health care and disease prevention, developing affordable housing for low to moderate income familites, preserving both Yaquina Lighthouses and celebrating their history and enjoying his tenure on the board of Central Coast artist Michael Gibbons’ Yaquina River Museum of Art.
Beck says his passion is economic development and growing the prosperity of the Newport area. He says the Port of Newport is a major driver of the local economy with a very bright and powerful future ahead of it. He says fully developing the new International Terminal is vital to the continued success of the community. He said he watched Don Mann and others shepherd that, plus convincing NOAA to make Newport their new Pacific marine headquarters. He wants to keep that momentum going.
Beck says although he’s technically just filling the unexpired term of Mr. Jincks, he will file for election in his own right. He said he ran once for port commission some time back and lost. He says he’s going to work hard and run hard for election to continue his service to the port and to the community.