John Stark posted this update on today’s ferry negotiation session on the Bellingham Herald’s politics blog. Unfortunately the negotiations were inconclusive. The next session is scheduled for May 9th.
On the same subject, PLIC posted the following message:
Characterized as, basically, close but no cigar by a blog in The Bellingham Herald this afternoon, the negotiation session today apparently ended on an upbeat note yet without resolution. The negotiating teams set a May 9 date for another round, just six days before LIBC deadline for getting a deal done.
Reading between the lines of this early report in the Herald, and what’s been said leading up to today, the hang-up would appear to be LIBC’s desire for financial support of a planned marina development that they desire to implement at Gooseberry Point. (That’s from statements made by the tribal head of planning, Richard Jefferson, at a dinner for Lummi Islanders hosted by Lummi Nation last month. This appeared on home page of www.plicferry.org in LUMMI NATION DINNER SUMMARY: “At a dinner March 28 for Lummi Island community hosted by Lummi Nation, LIBC representatives said they were satisfied with County’s offer for solutions to traffic and safety concerns, both short-term and long-term. But now they must find common ground on helping fund a new marina at Gooseberry Point (if permits can be obtained).”
There’s more here, too (scroll down to the 2nd segment, right after the * * * divider):
At that dinner, Jefferson commented that the County would have to recognize and commit its financial responsibility toward any impact the ferry operating at Gooseberry would have on a marina complex there. He detailed several places that Lummi Nation has explored for its vision for a marina, with Gooseberry as first choice, but acknowledged that it would have to meet permit requirements. Point being, in negotiations, there would be no guarantee for the County that a marina would be located where the ferry operates and, therefore, impact the marina.
This appeared on the Ferry Forum in a summary of the dinner: “Jefferson responded to a request for more information about the marina in relationship to the ferry by saying it was a long-term goal of his and most tribal members to have a marina at Gooseberry Pt for fishermen and maybe sports fisherman or other boats, with or without the ferry. He described various designs his Planning Department has explored, including ones that could incorporate a county ferry landing.”
County officials have not chimed in on this topic. Their discussions about the negotiations and lease offers have been discussed each of the last two weeks in executive sessions (closed to the public).
Here, again, is the link to John Stark’s first notes out of today’s meeting, on the political blog of the Herald on-line: