The Depoe Bay City Council and their Port Committee have been a little stressed lately about not being able to get their harbor cleaned out and dredged by the Army Corps of Engineers. At low tide boats can’t easily get re-fueled because of the silt build up alongside the fuel dock. So most boat operators have to wait for the next high tide in order to get fuel. There are also some pier pilings in the harbor that desperately need replacing, especially at Port Dock 3.
So where will all the money come from to get all this and even more done? That’s partly the job of Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley. Senator Merkley will be meeting with boat owners and port officials this Friday. They’ll hear details about long-term deferred maintenance of the harbor which must be addressed and addressed soon. Senator Merkley, along with State Representative David Gomberg and State Senator Arnie Roblan, who will get an earful from local officials and the city over how harbor silt has built up and has become a real big problem for fishing and tour boats, pleasure craft and more. And there are dock pilings on Port Dock 3 that need replacing.
The meeting begins at Friday afternoon at 1pm at the Depoe Bay Community Hall, just north of the Coast Guard Station on Bay Street. The meeting begins at 1pm Friday, at the Depoe Bay Community Hall at the foot of Bay Street.
Although the public is usually invited, this is shaping up to be a work session between Senator Merkley and city and port officials. So no public comment will be taken at this session.