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 By Bob McChesney    General    June 17, 2018

Conservation-minded Port celebrating 70th anniversary Aug. 4 | Port View

June 8 was World Oceans Day, and marked the end of the Port of Edmonds’ 30-Day Challenge to Refuse Single-Use Plastic. The two events are directly related in that plastic constitutes roughly 90...


Future salmon | Port View

Many of you have been asking me about the fish pen that was temporarily located in the guest moorage area of the marina a few weeks ago. The saltwater net pen is a nonprofit project designed to increase saltwater recreational fishing in the...


An update on Harbor Square | Port View

If you are a local resident you have either visited Harbor Square or, at the very least, driven by Harbor Square at some point. The Port acquired the Harbor Square buildings back in 2006 and has worked hard to maintain it as a thriving business...


Let’s talk tourism | Port View

Tourism is an effective means for achieving low-cost economic benefits for our Edmonds and Woodway communities, with virtually zero environmental impacts. One of the ways the Port adds value to the community is by promoting local businesses. Our...


Gone fishing … | Port View

The Port of Edmonds has a long tradition of serving local fishers. Our marina is located near multiple marine areas and provides the perfect launch pad for recreational fishing. Marine Area 9 includes Edmonds and extends west through the Admiralty In...


Reinvesting, remodeling, replacing, restroom | Port View

We are keeping busy down at the Port this summer. The marina is full of boaters and anglers, we’ve welcomed new tenants to the Harbor Square Business Complex and our staff has been hard at work coordinating many property improvement projects.... Full story

 By Bob McChesney    General    July 14, 2017

What the Port of Edmonds does | Port View

Did you know that Washington state has the largest locally controlled public port system in the world? There are 75 port districts in Washington, all of which are governed by an elected commission... Full story

 By Bob McChesney    General    June 16, 2017

Port jazzes up boardwalk with summer music | Port View

I often like to remind our staff and customers that the Port of Edmonds isn’t in the marina business. We’re in the people business. Take a look at our boardwalk and you’ll see what I mean. As the dark and rainy days of winter are now behind...


Port contributes to Edmonds’ quality of life | Port View

Most people have no notion of the many public amenities that the Port of Edmonds provides, particularly those that the City of Edmonds is not able to provide. If you are not aware, the Port and the City are not the same. Each is an entirely separate... Full story


Community service is a way of life at the Port | Port View

On July 1, I had the honor of becoming the 19th president of the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club. It is a genuine privilege, but a major responsibility at the same time. It isn’t well-known, but...


Port of Edmonds dedicates larger capacity public boat launcher at Marina Day event

The Port of Edmonds had a double celebration last weekend. It was National Marina Day—an event in itself—and it was also the day the ribbon was cut for a larger capacity boat launcher. A sling launcher is a very large piece of equipment, the size... Full story


The Port takes a detailed look at its performance

How is the Port of Edmonds doing? Once a year we have an opportunity to see clearly the results of our efforts over the preceding 12 months. Our annual reports show in precise numbers how the Port...


The City and the Port, they are not one and the same

Here is a yes-or-no question that you can’t get wrong. Is the Port of Edmonds part of the City of Edmonds? Both answers are correct, up to a point. Let me explain. Yes, the Port is part of Edmonds in the same way each home and business that lies...


How well do you know the Edmonds marina?

What is the Port of Edmonds? Almost everyone will answer that the Port is a marina and an exceptionally nice one at that. In reality the Port is quite a bit more than just a boat harbor. It is, however, the most visible part of the Port and was the...


The big ones that didn’t get away

The big story at the Port of Edmonds recently has been fishing. Several weeks ago I noted that the season was expected to be good. It turns out that was a major understatement. By all accounts this year has been the most successful and productive... Full story


New weight restrictions for the Port’s venerable sling launcher

The Port of Edmonds has the only public boat launching facility between Seattle's Shilshole Bay and Mukilteo. We are one of the few places on Puget Sound where boaters can launch boats from trailers without having to back their trailer into highly...


The latest Harbor Square redevelopment information is now available

The most current official information about the Port’s redevelopment project at Harbor Square is now available on the web. From day one there has been a high level of interest in the project. Before passing along the detailed information, let me... Full story


The Port’s Harbor Square Redevelopment brochure; a follow-up

First of all, thank you for all the thoughtful comments we received about the Harbor Square redevelopment brochure recently mailed to you. We sincerely appreciate them. We do need to reemphasize one thing, though. The brochure is not the plan. In...


The number-one question about Harbor Square

"How I can get my name on the list for one of those new condos." This wasn't the first such phone call that we received recently, nor I suspect will it be the last. Our Harbor Square Redevelopment mailings have generated a lot of interest.... Full story


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Bob McChesney is executive director at the Port of Edmonds....


When it gets freezing cold in Edmonds, activity at the Port heats up

You may have noticed, it has been a bit chilly recently, especially overnight. According to NOAA, the ocean phenomenon La Niña is likely to present us with a winter that is both colder and wetter than average. For some, such warnings serve as...


How you can easily make a difference in your community

It might be difficult to find a topic that the average person is less interested in than budgets. For the most part they are difficult to understand and even more difficult to do anything about. The Port of Edmonds has a budget, too. But ours is... Full story


Sea Scouting in Edmonds—Building character while having fun

Recently our Edmonds Sea Scouts returned from their annual “long cruise.” For young people who have been learning sailing and seamanship on day cruises and an occasional overnighter, a week in the San Juans definitely qualifies as a long...


A walk along the Edmonds waterfront is a local treat

The Edmonds waterfront just keeps getting better and better, especially for walkers. Back in 1962, when the initial section of the marina was constructed, the Port built the first walkway of sorts, mainly for the convenience of boating tenants. Or...


How well do you know what the Port of Edmonds really is?

People seem to enjoy the Port for all kinds of reasons. Some come to enjoy the sunsets, or to eat at one of our view restaurants or walk our promenades. A significant number of people moor their boat here. But whether they are longtime Edmonds... Full story


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