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UPDATED: The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved multiple changes to the port’s boat launch program after public discussion and comment in their regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 28. These changes take effect Jan. 1, 2023; view them here.

Public comment encouraged as commission considers discontinuation of non-resident annual passes, increased fines for violations

The Port of Ridgefield Board of Commissioners will consider multiple changes to the port’s boat launch program, including eliminating annual boat launch passes for users who reside outside of the port district, during their regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 28.

Under these proposed changes, port district residents would continue to be able to purchase annual passes. Non-port district residents would be able to continue accessing the boat launch using day passes. If approved, these proposed changes would take effect Jan. 1, 2023.

The port encourages public input on these proposed changes. You can share your thoughts with the commission via email at; via mail at PO Box 55, Ridgefield, WA, 98642; and at the Sept. 28 commission meeting. Written comments must be received by noon on Sept. 28 to be compiled and provided to the commission. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library Community Room and online via Zoom. Access the Zoom meeting here. Public comment from in-person and virtual attendees will be accepted during the commission’s discussion of this action item.

The commission is considering these changes because of feedback from port district residents. Residents have shared that they experience consistent and lengthy delays in accessing the boat launch. The port and boat launch users have also witnessed a significant number of users accessing the launch without a required Port of Ridgefield use pass.

Other changes under consideration include increasing enforcement, fines of up to $150 and permanent ban from the boat launch for multiple violations, requiring a use pass for mobile vendors, and eliminating fees for unpowered watercraft at the Division Street launch.

View a breakdown of the proposed changes via the link below. You can also view this information in the Sept. 28 commission meeting packet. Packets for each meeting are posted at 24 hours in advance.

Proposed Port of Ridgefield boat launch pass changes for 2023

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