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Skagit Port Of Anacortes Commissioner Position 2

4-year term (ports in counties with over 100,000 pop); 4 or 6 year term counties with under 100,000 pop) Salary $42,106 (2013) in King, varies in other port districts. The Port District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the port facilities within their jurisdiction. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional Port Director and their professional staff. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any Port levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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    Bill Short (NP) Retired, Stock Broker

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Phone (360) 941-7062 cell (360) 293-8844 home
Email 2shortstuff@comcast.net
Town where you live Anacortes, WA
Experience (300 characters max) College Business and Economics instructor Restaurant owner, Stock broker for 18 years.
I decided to run for re-election because of my many years of cruising with my sailboat. I experienced many marinas traveling down the East Coast from Long Island Sound to Florida and on to Texas. Also cruised to most of the ports in Puget Sound. A lol of ideas from my travels have been incorporated into Cap Sante Marina. I currently am co-chairman of the Marina Committee for the Washington Public Ports Association. I want to continue the positive changes hoping to make Cap Sante a world class marina.
1. The very high cost of dredging and rebuilding Pier 2. 2. The risk that sulfur exports may be shipped out by another port with great loss to the Port of Anacortes. 3. The relocation of activities from the Transit Shed to a multi purpose building to be built at the North East corner of Cap Sante marina.
The risk of losing the sulfur export contract would be a major reduction in revenue for the Port, but also result in the lose of many family wage jobs.
My main interest in the Port is Cap Sante Marina. Many ideas I have suggested to the Port Commission and the executive director have been incorporated. The party floats, coupon books for boaters, guest bags, chess game, checker game, piano on the dock, safety ladders between every two boats are some of the ideas used. When I first became commissioner there was only 10,000 visitor boat nights a year. After the party floats were built the number of visiting boats jumped to 15,000 boat nights a year. I hope by the end of my next term, that the marina will experience 20,000 boat nights a year. The increase in visiting boats means millions of additional dollars spent in Anacortes in town and at the marina. Cap Sante Marina is currently the most visited marina in the state of Washington..

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