My plan calls for a large travel lift facility at the northern edge of FMIP extending out to deeper water to avoid sensitive near-shore habitat. The old facilities in the estuary would be removed and habitat enhancements made at the mouth of Padden Creek.
The suggested problem of habitat issues preventing this project simply allows people to hide behind a "do-nothing" attitude. Two, narrow piers extending into deep water utilizing steel or concrete piles to support 6 to 8 foot wide concrete caps would have less impact on the near shore environment than the current boat launching facilities crowding the Padden Lagoon estuary.
Docks and Pilings
If the Port owned a lift or a local private company owned a lift with pricing restrictions placed on it to control monopolistic pricing then all potential future builders in Fairhaven where boats have been built for over a hundred years would have real access to the water with a very small footprint on the nearshore habitat.
Without ‘real’ access for builders, then the Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park isn’t any more valuable than warehouse storage.