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Large industrial barges are anchored during most of the year in this residential, natural beachfront area.
This issue should not be closed because it is an on-going concern. I do not know who wrote "The barge has been removed." Nor do I know what "barge" they were referring to....or when they stated that the issue should be closed because "the barge has been removed."
Barges have been moored at the Port Madison buoy consistently throughout recent months. Some barges are there for several weeks, some are there for several days. A VERY large barge was moored there over the past weekend. It was removed on Sunday.....and today another barge returned. "The barge" has not been removed. A barge is moored at the buoy as I write this.
Most of the barges that have been moored at the buoy in recent months have been carrying cargo (sand, logs, boulders) and have stayed for a limited time. This is the practice of the company owning the barges (Boyer Towing Inc. ) during summer months. However, in recent years, the company Boyer Towing Inc., has moored large, empty barges at the buoy in Port Madison throughout the winter months without interruption. This is not part of an "active shipping process". This is a company that is avoiding the fees required to moor a commercial vessel in a commercial area over the winter months. Unless Boyer Towing informs the City of Bainbridge Island otherwise, I expect that they will continue to moor large, often empty, barges in a residential area for long periods of time throughout the winter months and on-going.
These barges are unattractive, rusty, an obstacle in the recreational waters of Port Madison, and apparently illegal. Boyer Towing has not provided evidence that the company has legal right to moor commercial vessels in Port Madison. The presence of these barges appears to violate not only state codes (Department of Natural Resources) but also City of Bainbridge Island codes and ordinances. Is moorage of these commercial vessels just beyond the low-tide mark consistent with current Shoreline Management Ordinances? Additionally, the barges are usually installed at the buoy in the middle of the night, and removed in the middle of night, always accompanied by much noise, bright lights extending into local residential bedrooms. The City of Bainbridge Island has ordinances regarding restricted days and times for commercial activity, with specific direction relative to noise and other noxious intrusuion into the lives of local residents. This company shows no regard or respect for the ordinances and codes of the City of Bainbridge Island.
I encourage the City to keep this case open.
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