Below is an email from Pat Dunn (email is part of the public record, as it went to all task force members) with some hearsay / information about dry dock. I’ve emailed Frank Abart for confirmation or refutation, but I know that we all have been planning for months based on past dry dock experiences and need a heads up ASAP if there’s to be a radical change.
I believe that ALL islanders, should have the equal opportunity to lobby for what they need during dry dock. No way for that to happen without sharing Pat’s information broadly.
Perhaps it’s finally time for islanders to collectively propose serious practical ways to restrict the number of cars at Gooseberry Pt. during dry dock, e.g., no more than one vehicle/family, or none permitted to park for more than 3 days, or paid parking for commuters and others needing to travel daily.
We need better solutions, ones that work for all of us whose lives depend on using the floating county road between the mainland and Lummi Island. Rapid, thoughtful effort by a few determined volunteers could generate a viable proposal, I think. This is NOT one for the Task Force at this point in time.
From Pat Dunn:
Cc: email@example.com; MARK SEXTON; Fred & Linda Kinney
Sent: 7/23/2011 1:53:23 PMSubject: dry dock
Thought you might be interested . . .
While picking up trip sheets for Diane yesterday, I talked to Frank Abart for a few minutes. He said that the lot directly across from the ferry landing (next to the fenced lot that is leased for ferry parking) will not be available to islanders for parking during dry dock, ie, parking will be severely limited; and cars parked illegally will be towed.
The subject of having foot ferry service during dry dock to both Gooseberry Point and Fairhaven was brought up. The gooseberry service would be more limited than now. There is parking in Fairhaven at the terminal ($6/day or $30/week locked at night, per the website). There is WTA Go-Line (every 15 minutes) bus service. Personally, I love this idea of a dry dock alternative in Fairhaven (as have several others I’ve mentioned this to) & will be lobbying for this choice.
While probably too late in the game for the task force to examine & make a recommendation, we can let PW know our own opinions.