Public access isn’t the real issue

The Port of Everett has a natural deep water port that is optimal for shipping and trade industry. Some people think the port needs to spend more money on public access. Actually the port offers plenty of public access, Pigeon Creek trail, Jetty Island, the marina area and Union Slough trail.

One of the biggest roles the Port of Everett plays is to support the aerospace industry, green energy windmill projects, construction and mining equipment. Doing this creates and keeps jobs that feed our communities’ economic status. Shipping is the safest, most economical and environmentally friendliest way to transport cargo overseas.

We need to utilize our deep water port. We are lucky to have such a valuable natural resource. The Port of Everett generates $247 million in state and local taxes every year. Almost 42 percent of that helps pay for local schools, life safety services, parks and other services. The seaport generates almost four times the tax as the marina does. Where would this money come from if we gave up the shipping industry in Everett?

There are much bigger issues at stake here than public access. Our community needs jobs that produce a healthy tax base. The shipping industry is a valuable asset to our community. Therefore ILWU Local 32 endorses Troy McClelland and Mark Wolken for our future and yours as District 1 and 2 commissioners.

Mike Rosebrook

ILWU LOCAL 32 President


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