Lincoln County Commissioners were spreading some late Christmas Economic Development cheer this week helping to further some community projects along that promote saving or creating jobs here in Lincoln County. Topping their list was a $20,000 grant to update the county’s ten year old economic profile, showing what’s putting people to work in Lincoln County and how and where future jobs might be targeted.
The commissioners approved five thousand dollars to help the Yaquina Bay Youth Boating Club re-locate their boat house that was damaged in a bad storm last year winter. It was found capsized in the harbor. The club is trying to relocate their facility to a spot near Englund Marine.
The commissioners awarded five thousand dollars to the city of Depoe Bay in their continued efforts to repair Dock #1 in the harbor that was damaged in the Japanese Tsunami event on the west coast, stemming from the Japanese Earthquake on March 11th. A huge tidal swell rushed into the world’s smallest harbor and badly damaged Dock #1, ripping it apart. Repairs are underway on the structure.
The commissioners also awarded five thousand dollars to the Lincoln County Land Trust which helps create housing for entry level families who need a head start in qualifying for home ownership. The land trust’s next project is to build a modest new home in Lincoln City next to another home the trust bought outright and fixed up for another family.
Commissioners awarded $2,500 to The Friends of the Oregon Coast Aquatic Center, the center of much discussion for years surrounding whether the community could support a fairly large water park that would serve locals and tourists alike. Being planned for a site near the Oregon Coast Aquarium, water park boosters think it would be a great partner and economic boost for the community tailored made for those days when there is more rain than sunshine along the coast. The grant is for helping to pay for a comprehensive feasibility study on the water park.