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Gig Harbor Maritime Pier Ribbon Cutting on Monday

The City of Gig Harbor will host the ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, Sept. 24.

The City of Gig Harbor will officially cut the ribbon on its new Maritime Pier and thank all of those who made this pier possible on Monday, Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m.

The ribbon cutting marks a significant accomplishment for the City, and follows decades of discussions to build Gig Harbor’s commercial fishing fleet a pier. The Gig Harbor commercial fishing fleet, once the largest on the West Coast, continues the tradition today with approximately 40 active vessels.

The new 156-foot drive-aboard pier includes ramp and float. It also provides access for loading and unloading for the fishing fleet, transient moorage and viewing, and water access for the public.

A variety of partners helped fund this project. The City of Gig Harbor, based on budget numbers, has contributed $1.6 million dollars to the project. An additional $378,000 in state funding was appropriated for the pier thanks to efforts from local state legislators Sen. Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor), Rep. Larry Seaquist (D-Gig Harbor), and Rep. Jan Angel (R-Port Orchard). 

The Gig Harbor Commercial Fishing Club also donated additional funds of $50,000.

Over the decades, hundreds of local citizens, fishermen, groups and organizations have supported the idea of a Maritime Pier in Gig Harbor, which is known as Washington’s Maritime City.

The new pier is just one piece of an on-going effort to preserve the heritage and culture of the community with facilities, parks, and historic properties through-out the historic waterfront that provide water access while keeping our cultural heritage a priority.

Harborite September 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Employee, if you live right in the harbor, you will know the exorbitant amount we pay for sewer and water and you'll understand why I am less than sorry that the city let employees go. I wish them the best, but maybe it's time for the people to rid themselves of this president and "hire" one that understands business, which will hopefully restart the engines of small business, ultimately creating more jobs for those who are needing and wanting work.
Rory September 20, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Are they going to chase the Tides customers out of the new parking lot for the event?
Akiko Oda September 24, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Rory, I emailed the City and this is what I heard back: On Monday morning the city's public works staff will be blocking off the left-hand side of the parking lot (as you face the water). It will be barricaded and signed. That portion of the lot will reopen to the general public after the event; likely around 4:30 p.m.
Akiko Oda September 26, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Hi employee, I asked Mayor Hunter regarding your comment at the ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday. He said the layoffs that took place five, six years ago was necessary for financing the budget and told me that the layoffs didn't build the pier.
employee September 26, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Thanks for following up on my comment Akiko! Mayor Hunter might have parsed a few words with you, please let me clarify. 1. the layoffs i refered to where implemented in Dec 2009. http://www.thenewstribune.com/2009/10/28/932302/gig-harbor-preliminary-budget.html, so it wasnt "5 or 6 years ago" it was three. 2. The Mayor claims that the layoffs were necessary to "finance our budget", but in within 120 days of the layoffs, spent 1.2 million dollars for the property. http://www.gigharborguide.com/ghg-news.php?news=399 3. These folks that people like Harborite and Chuck Hunter feel are expendible. Nothing could be further from the truth. Those 3 people shopped in the harbor (yes! small businesses too!) They payed thier taxes here, they sent thier kids to local schools and commited themselfs to bettering our community. The very least thing the Mayor could do is to at least acknowledge the sacrifice of gig harbor employees (besides Lita) involved in the financing of this project. For Shame Chuck

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