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Port taking control of RV park at La Conner Marina

La Conner – The Port of Skagit assumed control of the recreational vehicle park at the La Conner Marina when the lease for the property, held by Advance Resorts of America Inc., expired on January 31.

The port’s long-term goal is to repurpose the property for industrial maritime uses in accordance with the port’s mission, said Patsy Martin, executive director. She acknowledged that it may take some time before a tenant is ready to build a facility there, so in the interim the port will take over operation of the RV park.

The four-acre park consists of 68 RV sites plus a building that houses a swimming pool, weight room, game room, meeting room, kitchen and offices. This building is in deteriorated condition and will be demolished to make way for future development. The port has purchased the pedestals and underground utilities on the property from ARA.

“We recognize the value of an RV park to the La Conner community and will continue to run this one as long as it’s feasible,” said Bill Shuler, president of the Port Commission. “But the port’s primary purpose is to spur economic opportunity growth, which we accomplish by attracting industrial businesses that create good jobs paying sustainable community wages. That’s the highest and best use of this property.”

The port will clean up the property and make minor improvements after the tenant vacates. The target date for reopening the RV park is April 1. Port staff in the marina office, which is across the street from the RV park, will manage the operation. They expect to begin taking reservations by the end of February.

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Andrew Entrikin, community outreach administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email andrew@portofskagit.com