Dock serves off-islanders

The article on the Tramp Harbor dock (“Future of historic dock rests on community,” Sept. 19 contained a great deal of valid information, but left out one major “real-world” aspect of this park district asset.

For years, this dock has not been primarily for use by local island residents. The dock has been used by various off-island family businesses for harvesting seafood on a commercial level without licenses. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been aware of this fact for years and has issued citations on many occasions, but is unable to monitor this dock on a regular basis. Many of us “locals” who attempt to use the dock when these family businesses are operating have been treated rudely by these individuals who at times aggressively “force out” people who wish to use the facility for sport fishing. The King County Sheriff’s deputies are unable to do anything substantial about the behaviors of these individuals either.

At this point, I personally do not support the Vashon Park District pursuing the rehabilitation of this asset. The park district monies would be better spent maintaining the facilities that are primarily used by the local community.

— William Lyell

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