Depoe Bay’s Fish Plant wharf is coming down. The old structure is many years old and has been a labor of “quiet contempt”…no repair designed to last all that long. Some stronger support beams at one point gave the old wharf the illusion of reliability but not for anything close to “the long haul.”
So now, in the face of it’s very weathered and compromised condition, the Depoe Bay City Council has agreed to tear down the old city-owned wharf, leaving a gaping empty space. And it may remain an empty space until the city can raise the funds to build a nice new one – not only for working space but also for leisure benches for folks who just want to sit and watch the boats bob in the water, depart on fishing tours, then return and disgorge the bounty of their catches. Sticker price for the new wharf is around a quarter million dollars – no small sum for the World’s Smallest Harbor. But city officials say between a bit of city funds, funds from urban renewal, along with federal or state grants, they ought to be able to get the new wharf up and serving harbor businesses and tourism in pretty short order. City officials hope to have the money in hand to begin the project in a year to 18 months.