One of Whidbey’s most treasured landmarks received a much-needed boost towards restoration. Island County Commissioners voted unanimously to fund the Port’s request of $870,804 to pay for critical repairs to the Coupeville Wharf’s pier pilings and support structures. The Port will match the award with $96,756 from its own funds. The grant is part of the Rural County Economic Development Program which supports projects that demonstrate significant economic benefits to local communities.
The Coupeville Wharf is one of the island’s most visited attractions and a focal point for boating and event tourism. Repairs to the pier are expected to take several years to complete and will pave the way for eventual restoration of the wharf building. The Port’s Board expressed their deep appreciation to Island County Commissioners Jill Johnson, Helen Price-Johnson and Janet St. Clair, as well as community members who advocated for the project. “This is a great day for all who cherish our regional heritage and prosperity. We are grateful our county citizens and commissioners share the vision of a fully restored wharf that will serve the public for many years to come.”
Last modified: August 20, 2019