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Point No Point boat launch closer to reality
HANSVILLE — The county Hearing Examiner approved the two applications to restore the Point No Point boat launch last week.
The majority of comments sent to the county were in support of the project, and the applicant, the state Fish and Wildlife Department, agreed to several conditions.
The site will consist of a 90-foot boat launch, beach restoration, parking, ADA-approved restroom facility, and stormwater facilities.
It has been nearly 10 years since a boat could be launched at the Hansville site, about a quarter-mile west of the Point No Point lighthouse. Fishermen and boaters have since had to drive to Kingston or Salsbury Point to launch a motorized boat longer than 16 feet.
Some of the concerns presented to the county were from neighbors of the site, worried about traffic and noise congestion the boat launch would bring. Michele Culver, regional director at Fish and Wildlife, said commercial activities would be limited, and buying and selling activities at the site would be prohibited.
While the launch can accommodate 26-foot long boats, allowing commercial and recreational fishermen to use the site, the launch’s purpose is for recreational use, according to county planner Dennis Oost.
Marcia and John Proctor, who own property on the east boundary of the site, wrote to the commission concerned about trespassing on surrounding private beaches and inadequate parking for vehicles. The site plan includes 96 total spaces for cars and boat trailers.
The Port Gamble S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam and Suquamish tribes and the Point No Point Treaty Council also sent in letters, concerned the construction would negatively impact fish spawning areas, which are traditional tribal fishing areas. The approved permits do require archaeological monitoring, at the request of the tribes.
The majority of comments were in support of the project, many from fishing and boating organizations, including the Kitsap Poggie Club, the county coastal conservation chapter and the Northwest Sport Fishing Association.
Neighbors and potential users of the site have a while to wait. Fish and Wildlife and the county are drafting a Memorandum of Understanding, which will include how certain regulations will be enforced. Building permits and construction plans still need to be submitted to the county for approval, and funding has not yet been obtained, according to Culver.