Port to Sell Marina

[VIDEO] The Port of Shelton plans to sell Oakland Bay Marina.

The Port Commission held a public hearing Tuesday on surplussing the Shelton marina but no one testified.

Earlier this year, the Port held a series of public forums on the future of the marina and had been considering their options since the marina’s south dock needs repairs that are estimated to cost close to $3 Million. The Port’s options included borrowing money to repair the dock, increasing moorage rates to fund those repairs, selling the marina or creating a public/private partnership to management and/or develop the marina.

On October 2nd, the Port Commission removed Oakland Bay Marina from the Port’s Comprehensive Plan which was the first step in declaring the property surplus. Tuesday, the Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution that announces the Port’s intent to sell Oakland Bay Marina.

Commissioner Sue Patterson voiced her disappointment for the lack of input.

Commissioner Kristy Buck is looking forward to seeing what comes next.

A possible complication to the sale of the marina is that the City of Shelton deeded a dozen parcels to the Port for the marina in 1950. That deed included restrictions that the property only be used for Port District purposes and those parcels could revert back to City ownership. However, after a City Council study session last Friday, Council Members were leaning toward waiving the reversion clause, deeding the property to the Port with requirements for public access. Shelton City Council action on the reversion clause was scheduled for Tuesday night but the item was pulled from the agenda.

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