Working Waterfront

10/23/2019

Letter to the editor: Petranek on the side of Marine Trades

The Marine Trades industry of Port Townsend is not "a myth." We have a robust Marine Trades industry that accounts for nearly 20% of the jobs in Jefferson County. In addition to providing skilled jobs, the Marine Trades also generates significant tax revenues to the City and County.

My husband and I have owned several fishing boats over the last 40 years and all of them have had work, including major re-fits, done by our local Marine Trades people. The talent is astounding, there are men and women with a myriad of skills from traditional wooden boat building to electric hybrid propulsion and everything in between! The diversity of skills and the quality of work has made Port Townsend one of the most desirable ports on the west coast for boat work.

The Port and the Marine Trades are an important part of our past and certainly our future. We don't want to see our working waterfront transformed into boutique hotels and high-end real estate projects that only serve a few. We want to see a vibrant, working waterfront that provides well-paying jobs and access to everyone.

Pam Petranek is the Port Commissioner candidate who has championed the Marine Trades. She is smart, hard working and believes in collaboration. Pam clearly understands the issues and challenges facing the Port of Port Townsend. Please vote for Pam, she'll make a stellar Port Commissioner.

Thank you,

Kathleen Mitchell & Scott Landis

Port Townsend

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