The PLIC Board sent out this email today:
We are pleased to inform you that by a 5-2 vote following a public hearing last night, County Council approved and will sign the ferry lease agreement, as introduced August 9, for continued service at Gooseberry Point. The lease is for 35 years.
Please save the date and plan to attend the next PLIC all-community meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 6:30 p.m. at The Grange Hall on Lummi Island. PLIC will provide main dish, drinks, and dessert for a pot-luck celebration.
Sixteen individuals spoke to Council during the public hearing. (Alphabetically) Crawford, Kershner, Knutzen, Mann, and Weimer voted for, citing that it is the best deal possible after 2 years of negotiations and no better Plan B; Brenner and Larson voted against, citing reasons of annual costs, flawed negotiation strategy (lack of leverage), and abandonment of legal positions.
Soon we will post some information about last night’s session. Meanwhile, you can read a bit on this link to a Lummi Island Friends group: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/144707378916970/
And in the Bellingham Herald:
Thank you for everything you contributed in time, energy, passion, research, dialogue on ideas and input, volunteerism, and financial support toward obtaining this security and stability for Lummi Island ferry transportation after more than two years of uncertainty affecting thousands of Lummi Island stakeholders in residency, family and other personal ties, and commerce.
PLIC Board of Directors