Washington State Ferries will be holding a public meeting on Thursday Dec. 1 from 5:30-7:00 PM at the Council Chambers, 55 2nd Street in Friday Harbor. Full information about this meeting is posted on the San Juan County FAC (Ferry Advisory Committee) website. Please be sure to click on the link and read what’s posted there.
This is an important meeting for San Juan Islanders. Not only are we dealing with issues related to service levels, an aging fleet, and ongoing funding, but apparently WSF plans to move forward with the reservation system sooner rather than later.
It is feasible for residents of both San Juan and Lopez to attend the meeting in person. Lopezians, take the 3:50 p.m. inter-island (arrive in F.H. at 5:10 p.m.) and return home on the 7:45 p.m. boat (arrives at Lopez at 8:25 p.m.). John Whetten did try to arrange to video-conference the meeting in the Lopez Library meeting room, but wasn’t able to make it happen this time. We will continue to work on this with him for future meetings.
Unfortunately, there is no way for residents of Orcas or Shaw to attend in person and still go back home that night on a ferry. However, the meeting will be streamed live and can be viewed if you have an Internet connection (please use the link above to the FAC website for more information about streaming). Our FAC has spent a lot of time working on improving the streaming experience.
If you plan to go to the meeting in person, or plan to stream the meeting at another location, would you please reply to this post in the form of a comment (be sure to state if your’re going to F.H. or streaming) so we have a rough idea of how many island residents will be participating in the meeting in some way. Lopezians, we may also be able to set up some car-pooling to the ferry, based on replies.