Reservation meeting scheduled for Lopez Island

John Whetten, Lopez Island’s representative on our local Ferry Advisory Committee has scheduled a public meeting at the Community Center on May 19 from 4-6 p.m. to give Lopezians an opportunity to comment and ask questions about ferry reservations. Representatives from WSF have promised to attend.

This meeting will follow a format similar to meetings held previously on Orcas and San Juan Islands.  The meeting will be sponsored by the County, WSF, and the FAC.  Please reserve the date and please, please attend if at all possible.  Also, please invite friends, relatives, skeptics, and happy customers.

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Susan Brooks-Young has been involved in the field of instructional technology since 1979. She was one of the original technology users in the district where she taught and has continued to explore ways in which technology can be used to facilitate student learning. She has worked as computer mentor, technology trainer, and technology curriculum specialist. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education in a career that spanned more than 23 years. Since 1986, she has published articles and software reviews in a variety of education journals. She is also author of a number of books which focus on how school leaders can implement the NETS*A Standards. Susan works with educators internationally, focusing on practical technology-based strategies for personal productivity and effective technology implementation in schools. Susan and her husband live on Lopez Island, WA.

3 thoughts on “Reservation meeting scheduled for Lopez Island

  1. Steve N.

    In regards to the meeting on May 19th on Lopez Island re: ferry reservations, my wife and I will be unable to attend but I would like to comment on the reservation system in general for this meeting. We are building a home on Lopez (acting as our own contractor) and are concerned how reservations seem to be impacting the sub-contractors that come from off-island. One company doing our drywall were told that reservations were filled up for an early morning sailing in January (which I now doubt really was filled), and they were forced to come much earlier. They had to leave at 5:00 a.m. from ANA, an hour earlier than what they wanted, and they were pretty tired! They made a comment that if they had to do that every time to get to the island, they might stop servicing work there. I don’t think that will happen to everyone coming from off-island, but in the summer it could get messy if these contractors don’t have a long enough lead time. From my experience, most usually give about one or two days notice, due to other scheduled commitments, which may force them into time slots that they cannot accommodate. They may or may not continue their support if that continues to happen.

    Secondly, I believe most of the summer traffic will be tourists, and they have the privilege of planning further in advance. This makes it harder for the locals to get a ferry home, if they need or want to go off island immediately for shopping, medical etc. It seems to me that since we are paying property taxes to the county and state, island property owners/residents should have priority when returning to their homes. Now it appears that we are being penalized for living on the islands during this busy time. The current allocation mix seems regressive for residents, and in my opinion, needs to be re-evaluated and adjusted for the residents.

    WSF has promised us they would re-adjust this system as it evolves — one can only hope they will honor their promise.

    1. sjbrooksyoung Post author

      Steve, thank you for posting your comment about your personal experience with the impact of the new reservation system. I will forward your remarks to the committee and WSF staff.


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