The following article appeared in the Anacortes American, Wednesday, March 31, 1999, p. A10.




     MJB Properties has applied for a U.S. Corps of Engineers permit for the first phase of the company’s South Dock proposal, located on T Avenue at Fidalgo Bay.

     The $3.3 million project is a boat-launching facility, with two floats, ramps, hydraulic boat lifts, pilings and other shoreline amenities for the recreational and commercial boating communities.  Corps documents also notes an eelgrass and macro algae survey was done by BioAquatics International, and is part of the agency’s record.

     Of more urgency is the Corps’ comment concerning the bay as a habitat for Chinook salmon and the federal Endangered Species List detailing that issue.

     MJB applied for a city shoreline permit last week, and a public hearing before the city planning commission is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 12 in City Hall Council Chambers.  A state Department of Fish and Wildlife permit also is required.

     Although no formal public hearing will be scheduled, anyone can request such a hearing by writing the Corps on or before the deadline of April 16.

     To comment on the Corps permits, contact: project manager Muffy Walker, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, P.O. Box 3755, Seattle, 98124-3755.  The Reference No. is 1999-1-00111, under MJB properties.  Walker also can be reached by calling (206)764-3495.