04/03/2018: "FH Port Commission Meets Wednesday To Select Operator For Jensen Shipyard"
A Friday Harbor Port Commission Meeting will be held Wednesday, (04-04-18 at 4pm), at SV College Community Room (behind building, near parking) for presentations from two companies to operate Jensen’s Shipyard; if they purchase it.
The Port had at one point advertised for proposals, but there was no response, and the port did not set a new time period to present, but simply left it open-ended in case someone was still interested, but had missed the original deadline.
At a subsequent port commission meeting it became apparent that a conversation was underway regarding the content of a “Memo of Understanding” with North Island Boat Company (NIB), a company on the mainland that had been asked by someone -it has been suggested it was one of the port commissioners - to submit something in writing to the Port Executive Director that would indicate an interest in taking on the project.
Once it was known the port was still looking for proposals to run the shipyard (they had not reopened the proposal request, so nothing had been published or made public), Mike and Jan Close, long time owners of Friday Harbor Marine stepped forward and submitted an extensive proposal (550\k file) to keep the management, employment -and the money- on island.
The mainland company, North Island Boat, then submitted a three page “plan” ( pdf (627\k file), but it was lacking any financial information and included a number of conditions that would have to be met as part of a what appears to be more of a feasibility review as a basis for discussion during their presentation on Wednesday.
The agenda for the port meeting states the “Commissioners will discuss the merits of the prospective Lessees and approve a Lessee for Staff to proceed with on initial boatyard lease negotiations in preparation for the prospective purchase” of the shipyard.
Just in time for the summer season…one hopes.