No Ivar’s at airport? Port of Seattle must rework bidding process
Seattle Times Editorial Board, June 14, 2017, The Seattle Times
WHILE the Port of Seattle has made progress improving its airport-concession process, more work remains to be done.
This was evident in the port’s recent decision to boot Seattle icon Ivar’s out of the central terminal at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after 12 years.
Port commissioners need to further improve the concession bidding formula so it gives more weight to the experience and contributions of vendors that are truly local. It should do so before seeking the next round of bids.
Jefferson Airport pilots say new runway not needed
Chris Tucker, June 14, 2017, PTLeader.com
The president of the Jefferson County Pilot’s Association told Port of Port Townsend commissioners June 14 that a plan to replace the runway at Jefferson County International Airport wasn’t necessary as the existing runway is still in good condition.
“I’m disappointed to hear there’s a move to proceed with the phase one of the contract planning for runway rehabilitation,” Gary Lanthrum, president of the pilot’s association, told port commissioners.
He said the port’s plans were “premature.” The port plans on signing a contract on the first phase sometime prior to its June 28 meeting.
Columbia Hospitality and Port of Everett ink deal for waterfront Hotel Indigo
Marc Stiles, June 14, 2017, Puget Sound Business Journal
The Port of Everett is getting another hotel compliments of a Seattle hospitality company and Puget Sound-area real estate investors.
The port commission on Tuesday approved a long-term ground lease with Columbia Hospitality, which will construct the four-story project in the emerging Fisherman’s Terminal mixed-use district. Developers Omar and Christine Lee have invested in the boutique hotel.
Sturgeon resurgence: Fishing heats up as six-day season provides a ‘shot in the arm’ for local business
Luke Whittaker, June 13, 2017, Chinook Observer
It’s been a brisk bump in business during a typically a slow time; rooms filled that would have otherwise sat empty, and a couple extra days of work for crews. The announcement of a six-day white sturgeon season — the first in three years on the Lower Columbia — has spurred an economic chain reaction that’s reverberated through the Peninsula since the announcement on Thursday, June 1.
‘They came from all over’
The four days of fishing so far have been a “shot-in-the arm” for local businesses, particularly those still reeling from a sluggish spring season. Beginning Monday, June 5, the first day of the retention season, people from all over Washington and Oregon poured into the Port of Ilwaco seeking a chance to pull in a prehistoric fish. Hotels along the Peninsula reported an uptick in room stays, most notably during the week. At the Best Western in downtown Long Beach, sturgeon anglers were responsible for snagging up to 10 rooms a night during the week at a time when traditionally most rooms go unfilled.
Port of Everett announces new waterfront hotel
June 14, 2017, MyEverettNews.com
On June 13, the Port Commission authorized the CEO to sign a long-term lease with Waterplace LLC, a partnership with Columbia Hospitality, to construct the 142-room flagship Hotel Indigo in Fisherman’s Harbor at Waterfront Place.
Hotel Indigo is a flag under Intercontinental Hotel that is branded as a lifestyle boutique hotel with luxury accommodations. The hotel, which will be the first of its kind in Washington State, will feature a restaurant, lounge, indoor swimming pool, conference center, retail shops and business center. Some of the other flags operated by Intercontinental include the popular Kimpton, Even Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, and the entire suite of Holiday Inns.
“We are honored to collaborate with the Port of Everett on what will be a transformational project for the downtown Everett waterfront,” said Columbia Hospitality founder and CEO, John Oppenheimer. “Our collective goal is to create an incredible destination for locals, tourists and businesses alike, stimulating economic growth for Snohomish County.”
Tribe, groups sue Navy over ship cleaning in Puget Sound
Phuong Le, June 14, 2017, The Daily Progress
The Suquamish Tribe and two environmental groups are suing the U.S. Navy, saying it sent harmful pollutants into Puget Sound when it cleaned a decommissioned aircraft carrier near Bremerton.
The mothballed 60,000-ton (60,963-metric ton) USS Independence was cleaned in waters near Bremerton, Washington, in January and February before it was towed to Brownsville, Texas, this month to be dismantled.
The tribe, Washington Environmental Council and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance allege that the Navy violated clean-water laws by not obtaining a permit when it scraped the ship’s hull and underwater components and sent pollution into the water.
Sinking boat towed to Edmonds Marina
Brian Soergel, June 15, 2017, EdmondsBeacon.com
The Coast Guard rescued two people and four dogs from a vessel taking on water 1.5 miles east of Point No Point Tuesday night, June 14.
A Coast Guard Station Seattle crewmember plugged a hole in the vessel and used a dewatering pump to stabilize the situation before the remainder of the rescue crew towed the boat, people and pets to Edmonds Marina.
“Someone from our security team and marina operations team were on site last night to greet the boat and tow it out of the water,” Brittany Williams, Port of Edmonds properties and marketing manager, said Wednesday.