John Wayne Marina Public Information
The John Wayne Marina has been a community asset ever since the Port built it in the 1980s partly using revenue earned from the Port’s log handling operations and partly using debt. Since then, it has become a highly-used destination for both local and visiting families, boaters, kayakers, and other outdoor recreationists. Sequim Bay is also important to the Jamestown S’Kallam and Lower Elwha Klallam tribe’s shellfish beds and commercial fishing operations.
In October 2017, developer Ron Cole approached Port Executive Director Karen Goschen about a possible sale of John Wayne Marina (JWM) to his company, Buffalo River Holdings of Bend, Oregon. Ms. Goschen’s initial response was that the matter would not go to the Commission unless it was a serious offer.
To that end, over the next few months, the Port sent Mr. Cole public information about the marina including its financials, drawings, studies, engineering reports and other related documents on which to base a potential proposal.
In March, Ron Cole indicated he was interested in submitting a proposal if the Port was willing to receive one. The issue was then brought to the attention of the Port Board of Commissioners at its public March 13 board meeting. The Commissioners discussed aspects of the possible proposal and its ramifications. Ms. Goschen emphasized to them that “we have not received a formal offer,” but now is the appropriate time to seek Commission direction on the potential offer.
The Port commission believes that this potential unsolicited offer is a great opportunity to engage the community in a public discussion of a long-term vision for the marina.
It has been stressed that the Port will require that the marina remains publicly accessible. A public process will allow the sharing of ideas about what would make JWM a more active and vibrant marina that is a “go to” place for the community, and what is important to a wide range of stakeholders. The Port also needs to learn about the developer’s vision and ideas for enhancements, and compare that with what is learned from the community.
At this early exploratory stage, the Commissioners intend to pursue a public process to explore possibilities, gauge public interest, in the context of the Port’s Strategic Plan.
There are many related issues to consider. The Wayne family has always had a vision of seeing the area developed into a vibrant outdoor community. The City of Sequim has indicated an interest in JWM becoming part of a park district. Needed capital improvements at JWM must be completed while also keeping rates affordable. And the needs/desires of marina tenants should be balanced with the needs/desires of all property taxpayers.
NO DECISION WILL BE MADE WITHOUT
A PUBLIC, TRANSPARENT PROCESS
Public Outreach and Meetings
Phase I (Information Gathering)
- Special Commission Meeting Announcement for June 7, 2018 meeting at 9:00am at the City of Port Angeles City Council Chambers.
- June 7, 2018 Special Commission Meeting agenda
- June 7, 2018 Special Commission Meeting recording
- June 7, 2018 Special Commission Meeting presentation
- Financial questions & answers from the public regarding the June 7, 2018 presentation
John Wayne Marina Community Questionnaire - Three options to fill out and submit. Please submit your completed questionnaires by July 5, 2018.
- The questionnaire submission window closed on July 5, 2018.
Questions Answered - The Port staff has provided answers to questions from the public and from the questionnaire distributed at the June 7, 2018 meeting regarding the John Wayne Marina. Please follow the link below to view the questions and answers sorted by topic area (financial, infrastructure, public access, etc...)
Phase II (Community Outreach)
- District Listening Sessions - July 2, 2018
- District 3 Listening Session from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Rainforest Arts Center located at 35 North Forks Avenue Forks, WA 98331
- District 2 Listening Session from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the City of Port Angeles City Council Chambers located at 321 East 5th Street Port Angeles, WA 98362.
- District 1 Listening Session from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Transit Center located at 190 West Cedar Street Sequim, WA 98382.
- Presentation from District Listening Sessions on July 2, 2018
- Q & A Handout from District Listening Sessions on July 2, 2018
- Audio Recordings from July 2, 2018 District Listening Sessions
- Answers to Questions Raised During the July 2, 2018 District Listening Sessions
Phase III (Decision)
- District Listening Sessions Recap and Potential Decision - July 12, 2018 at 8:30 AM at the City of Port Angeles City Council Chambers located at 321 East 5th Street Port Angeles, WA 98362.
- July 12, 2018 Meeting agenda
- Background and Q & A handout for the July 12, 2018 meeting
- Presentation by Crossroads Consulting at July 12, 2018 special commission meeting
- Audio recording from July 12, 2018 special commission meeting
Below are responsive public documents related to the unsolicited potential offer to sell the John Wayne Marina.
- John Wayne Marina Economic Assess Final Draft 2009
- JWM Financials 2009 to 2016 and occupancy numbers
- Drainfield Deed 1981
- JWM 4th Quarter 2017 Report
- JWM 11 in by 17 in
- JWM 1984 Phase IV Site Development All Sheets
- JWM 1984 Admin Building All Sheets
- JWM 1984 Sewer
- Sewer Engineering Report
- Wayne Enterprises Letter 4-7-1995
- JWM Title Report
- List of JWM Tax Parcels
- JWM 1976 County Plat Map
- JWM Slip Numbers 8.5 x 11
- Port and Wayne Property History and Agreement
- JWM 1974 Survey of Section 34 and 27
- October 5, 2017 - Financials and Occupancy
- December 29, 2017 - JWM site and building drawings
- January 6, 2018 - Drainfield
- January 12, 2018 - Past JWM studies
- January 23, 2018 - Title report, tax parcels, survey, county plat map, 2009 JWM economic assessment
- February 14, 2018 - JWM septic system
- March 13, 2018 - Unaudited/draft 2017 JWM Financial Report
- March 16, 2018 - Pacific Marina Development inquiry
- June 5, 2018 - Interested buyer inquiry
- July 12, 2018 - Letter from Rutan & Tucker, LLP
- July 19, 2018 - Email to Bob Wise
- July 27, 2018 - Email to interested parties re: sale of JWM
- July 27, 2018 - Letter to Rutan & Tucker, LLP