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  • A Message from Across the Pond
  • 2020 Floating Homes Tour
  • Looking for a Rental?
  • Shoreline Permitting Requirements for Floating on Water Residences (FOWR) and House Barges
  • October Board Meeting Minutes
  • Float Planes and Lake Union
  • Large Locks Update
  • Message from Fairview Ave Bridge Replacement Outreach Team 
A Message from Across the Pond
Caroline Oliver reached out to us from England. She works on the TV series called My Floating Home. for the major British Broadcaster Channel 4.  They are currently on the lookout for projects to feature in the third series which is due to air in mid-2020 and for owners whose story could feature on the series? My Floating Home is a series that focuses on the design and construction of a floating home, boat conversion (or anything in between) as well as the stories of those who choose to embark on this journey. She is looking to speak with people who are currently embarking on the journey of making a floating home - whether they are looking to do it themselves or hiring a company to do it. She would like to chat with individuals who have a build timeline of max. 6 months, though they are flexible on this. If you’d like to hear more or think you could be a part of the series then please get in touch with her at or call her on 00 44 207 251 7676

2020 Floating Homes Tour
Yes, it's that time again! The next floating homes tour will take place on Sunday, September 13th, 2020 and will feature homes on Eastlake and Westlake with electric boats shuttling visitors across the lake. Courtney Campbell will be organizing the tour this year, with Sharon Morken. Amazingly, it looks like they have already secured a house on 2466 Westlake! Courtney will be planning the first tour committee meeting for early January. If you would like to be involved in the committee or would like to nominate your home, please contact her at

Looking for a Rental?
Hannah Holt has a floating home for rent at 3146 Portage Bay Pl E.  Please contact Hannah at or on 612-296-8389 if you know someone who might be interested.

Shoreline Permitting Requirements for Floating on Water Residences (FOWR) and House Barges
Tip 229A was updated mid-October. You can read the new version here.

October Board Meeting Minutes
You can read the minutes of the October 2nd FHA Board Meeting here.

Float Planes and Lake Union
If you read the Seattle Times, listen to KUOW, or follow local social media, you may well be aware that following the release of a letter written by Kenmore (which you can read here), the Seaplane Environmental Coalition (SEC) has been reactivated. The Seaplane Environmental Coalition (SEC), formed in the 1908's, aims to represent a diverse group of users of the Lake Union basin who enjoy it for its commercial, residential, environmental, natural, wildlife, and recreational resources. This committee of parties reached an agreement with Kenmore back in 1989 to determine what time seaplanes could start flying in the morning. The FHA board recently voted to support the SEC in their search for a public process to ensure an equitable and safe sharing of Lake Union by all users. Want to find out more? If you would like to support the SEC you can find out how to do that on their website here. If you want to do more reading on the issue you can find the Seattle Times article here, the KUOW article here,and a thread initiated by the SEC on Reddit here. There is also a 'Save Lake Union' Facebook group here

Large Locks Update
The large chamber has been closed since October 12, for the first of four scheduled extended closures to begin replacing the chamber's filling culvert valves. It will remain closed for up to 53 days, with a scheduled reopening December 3. The small chamber will remain open during this time and vessels up to 28-feet wide by 123-feet long are able to use it. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' contractor, IMCO, began work replacing the 102-year-old Stoney gate Valves as scheduled October 15. Removal of the operating machinery, motor, gate, and other components went as scheduled and in some cases faster than anticipated. The gate guide removal encountered an issue due to the original as-built drawings not showing correct site conditions. IMCO increased work hours and was able to remove the problematic gate guides and get back on schedule. 
Installation is in full swing. The new sill guide is installed, the new hydraulic power unit in place and new guides are being bolted in. Testing of the new control panels is underway and the Corps and contractor are planning the new system test as scheduled at the end of the month. They have established a new Seattle District website page that will include emergency, scheduled and projected outages. It is still under construction but does have information about the Stoney Gate Valve project scheduled closures populated on it and will continue to update it. You can reach the page at the following link

Message from Fairview Ave Bridge Replacement Outreach Team 
Thanks to those of you who participated in our October monthly stakeholder meeting (see notes attached). Our next meeting will be held on November 19, and on every 3rd Tuesday of the month moving forward. Please see below for more details about the upcoming meeting. Location: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research campus (1100 Fairview Ave N), the Arnold Building (room M1-A303. Click here to see the campus map).  Time: 3 to 4 PM Action: To maximize our time together, we hope you’ll send over topics of interest before the meeting. This will allow us to create an informed and focused agenda and ensure all parties are represented. Please send this information by November 12.  Each month at the construction progress meetings, you’ll be able to share feedback, ask questions, and engage with our project team. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to reach out. |  | (206) 775-8715

That's all for now. Please let me know if you have any questions, or information to share with your floating neighbors!
All the best,
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