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Depoe Bay Dock and Launch replacements coming up – thanks to Rep. David Gomberg

Depoe Bay docks and launches being replaced… Statman drone photo

The Depoe Bay City Council Tuesday received some really good news that was already getting around the central coast – replacing Depoe Bay’s terribly old dock-and-launching facilities inside the harbor – much of it well over 50 years old. That’s a lot of Pacific Ocean rain, wind and heavy surf – not to mention the tremendous growth in the use of the harbor.

Oregon State Representative David Gomberg delivered the news this week to the Depoe Bay City Council that Depoe Bay is getting a big chunk of money from President Joe Biden (and others) to completely rebuild the town’s marina inside the bay. The harbor docks and launch areas have been deteriorating for decades but are finally being saved by a mountain of federal money to rebuild the harbor – the Coast Guard facilities included.  The plan is to replace the docks and launch areas one-at-a-time so those who moor inside the harbor won’t have to find other places to park their larger boats.

Representative Gomberg also told the City Council that the Depoe Bay Harbor’s check dam will be dredged and re-fortified to avoid excessive sediment build-up from the creek that flows into the southeast part of the harbor. The harbor is also expected to be dredged as part of the overall rehabilitation of the area. The maintenance project is likely to start toward summers-end.  The start of re-construction has not yet been announced but conservatively, completion of the harbor “re-make” could come as early as the Winter of 2022 or Spring of 2023.

Again, there’s a lot of available federal dollars based on a huge outpouring of money from Washington DC – not only for Depoe Bay but all across the country.  Newport is expected to receive partial funding to build a new Big Creek Dam which has been deteriorating for quite some time.

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