June 20, 2020 — The Port of Siuslaw Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on June 15, via teleconference, with Port Manager Dave Huntington, Administrative Assistant Kelly Stewart and Commissioners Craig Brandt and Mike Buckwald attending in person.
Commissioner Bill Meyer was not in attendance.
After approving the evening’s agenda, commissioners were given a financial update by Stewart. Her presentation reviewed the financial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the port to close its campground and the marina for three months this spring.
As expected, revenues from those sources dropped precipitously during the time; the revenue loss during that closure was approximately $80,000, according to the board.
“There is nothing pretty about this picture at all. ... the numbers are not good,” said Buckwald.
The commissioner went on to point out the COVID pandemic was unavoidable, but fortunately the port had enough of a financial cushion to be able to weather the crisis.
Huntington sought to reassure the commission by pointing towards the positive response from the public regarding Port of Siuslaw campsite rental.
“The campground has been really steady with reservations and with campers showing up,” he said. “And we are getting booked up for the summer. There are a lot of people making reservations, so it looks like we will be full come September.”
Huntington went on to say that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) had imposed a one-fish limit on anglers, acknowledging the potential that the limit may impact camping revenues.
The port manager also updated the commissioners on the reopening of the port’s boat ramp and the measures being taken to slowly open more of the port’s facilities for public use.
“The boat ramp hasn’t been a problem at all, as far as distancing, and we’ve opened up the cleaning stations,” Huntington said.
There were some modifications, such as sink removal and water for washing down the stations that were dealt with and the process has gone well enough, from Huntington’s perspective, to continue to move forward.
For more information on booking a space at the Port of Siuslaw, visit portofsiuslaw.com or call 541-997-3426.