As you can see in this picture taken by a high flying Charles Burke of Newport, visitors by the thousands are flocking everyday to the beached orphan from last year’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The fish and maintenance dock that was ripped from its moorage in a fishing village north of Tokyo, Japan, drifted for over a year eastward toward the U.S., the winds, currents and waves finally beaching it in the north part of Newport, at Agate Beach, June 4th.
The debate on what to do about the 132 ton dock has been swirling for the last few days. Finally State Parks put disposal of the dock out to bid. Whoever comes up with the most feasible approach will get the contract. Since dismantling the dock is thought to be less expensive than yanking it off the beach and towing it to another location, State Parks figures that the dock will be dismantled where it sits. However parks officials say regardless of what is decided, the dock is likely to stay where it is for at least another week or two.