Though the outcome of a citizens initiative to help it pay down a $5.5 million loan won’t be decided on until November, the Crescent City Harbor District is asking the community to help formulate a strategic plan for its future.

The harbor district will hold a public workshop on June 27 in the hopes of gathering as much input from locals as possible. It will also launch a community survey starting Monday that asks people how often they visit the harbor, if they feel they know enough about it and what its best features are.

“What they (commissioners) want to hear is what people think the harbor’s future ought to be,” Harbormaster Charlie Helms said. “What’s the harbor’s role in the community? What should the future of the harbor include? And it’s pretty wide open. They want to gather as many opinions from the community as they can.”

According to Helms, the harbor district is working to develop a five-year strategic plan that would address its goals for the future. One of those goals may include developing the port’s vacant land to generate more revenue, he said.

Helms noted while the harbor is a commercial fishing port, the price of fuel has gone up and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has also increased costs for the fishing fleet. Developing “shore-based facilities” like the tsunami experience museum, tent camping and 60-room inn will take pressure off the commercial fleet, he said.

Helms said of the harbor’s 36 acres of land an estimated 18 percent has the potential to be developed.

The harbor survey will be available to the public until about July 3, said Susan Brown, of Rural Approaches.com, who has been facilitating the strategic planning meetings.

The harbor board will hold several strategic planning meetings following the public workshop to continue to develop the strategic plan, according to Brown. Harbor commissioners should have a draft strategic plan to review by the end of September and barring any major revisions, the board could officially adopt the plan in October, Brown said.

The community workshop is 5:15 p.m. June 27 at the Harbor District Office, 201 Citizens Dock Road, Crescent City.

The community survey will be available starting Monday at www.ccharbor.com.

Reach Jessica Cejnar at jcejnar@triplicate.com.

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