County poised to lift harbor’s blight designation

By Adam Spencer, The Triplicate February 26, 2014 09:26 am

With Crescent City Harbor’s official completion of the very first tsunami-resistant inner boat basin on the West Coast, the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors is expected to rule today that the port’s blight has been eliminated.

The harbor was deemed blighted after the 2006 tsunami damaged the port’s floating docks — the designation allowed for the county to receive $5 million from the Community Development Block Grant program for the port’s repairs, which were extensive with additional damage from the 2011 tsunami.

The $54 million reconstruction of the inner boat basin was finalized this month, with the ownership of the new docks, pilings and rock slope infrastructure passing from the lead contractor Dutra Construction to the Crescent City Harbor District.

There are still a few minor details to be completed by Dutra, but water and electrical utilities have been completed for the new floating docks, slips are rented at the new rates and everything is operating up to snuff, according to CEO/harbormaster Richard Young.

On Monday, Young completed the first day of on-the-job training with the new CEO/harbormaster, Charles Helms, whose contract was unanimously approved by the Harbor Commission last week.

Helms and Young will work side by side, shadowing each other until Young’s last day March 15.

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