INTRODUCTORY REMARKS BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE PORT DISTRICT OF COUPEVILLE, ISLAND COUNTY, WASHINGTON TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE PORT DISTRICT
The laws of Washington State (Revised Code of Washington, Title 53) require that the Commissions of Port Districts develop schemes and plans for the expenditure of public funds in the execution of the powers vested in the Commissions. The laws further require that the Commissions of Port Districts communicate with the general public residing within their districts regarding such schemes and plans. Port districts historically comply with the law through the adoption of a comprehensive plan prior to implementing projects and initiatives and they use the planning process itself to accomplish the required communications with the general public. The Board of Commissioners of the Port District of Coupeville wish to express grateful appreciation to those eight residents of the district that availed the Port of their special knowledge and experience for more than a year during the preparation of the *Comprehensive Plan 2007-2026* which the Board takes pleasure in adopting today.
The vision, goals, mission and objectives of the Port district for the next twenty years are their inspiration and the project and initiatives listed in the plan are the products of their imaginations and careful deliberations. The Board extends its gratitude and appreciation to the many other residents of the Port District who attended briefings on the plan and responded to requests for comments, suggestions and criticisms. Their expressions of interest and their input provided the crucial test of public acceptability, without which the plan would have no value. No plan of this scope can be developed without the painstaking attention of an able Editor-in Chief and the Port District was most fortunate to enlist the services of Ms. Laura Blankenship. Ms. Blankenship brought to the planning process not only her excellent organizational and communications skills but also a detailed knowledge of the Greenbank Farm, one of the districts two valuable and iconic properties. The Board of Commissioners owes Ms. Blankenship very special thanks.
The Board of Commissioners hereby respectfully presents this *Comprehensive Plan 2007-2026* to the residents of the Port District. The Port of Coupeville will be guided by this comprehensive plan, and properly approved future amendments, through the year 2026. This comprehensive plan is primarily an authorization vehicle, not an official control or regulatory ordinance. It does not mandate any action or commit the Port to pursue any action. It does not constitute any final decision or action regarding the implementation of any project or initiative contained herein.