George T Johnston
George Johnston passed away last week at his home. His son Greg asked that I let everyone know
For those who didn't know this man, he was a legendary character in the houseboat community. He owned a number of floating homes and did a lot of work on our houses--his main work being stringers and flotation. He owned several houses on 2025 dock that he rented out--Houseboat # J was his last one having sold # D and # R earlier. He always talked about living down here again, but finally sold the last house some years ago.
He originally moved onto a big dock in Portage Bay called the Burley moorage and it was removed to make way for the 520 to I-5 connection. Many of the older houses in our co-op were moved here from that moorage break up.
The George grapevine was notorious--who needed the internet when you had George for instant info and gossip. He told a lot of crazy stories which later surprisingly proved to be true.
He was also one of the original members of the Floating Homes Association.
RIP old friend.
George's daughter, Rachel Blake, asked that we share details of the Celebration of Life the family have organized. There will be a Catholic Mass at St. Anthony Catholic Church (314 S 4th St, Renton) followed immediately at St Matthew's Lutheran Church (1700 Edmonds Ave NE, Renton) for Reception on Thursday, 11 April 2019 from 11:00-16:00. If you would like more information, please contact Rachel at email@example.com.
Floating Homes Association Annual General Meeting
A reminder that this year's meeting will be held on Thursday, April 18th at the Swedish Club at 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (get directions here). The meeting will be 6-9, with dinner from 6-7 and the meeting from 7-9. Light dinner and refreshment will be served, with wine, beer and soft drinks. Please be sure to pass this information on to other residents on your dock!
031519 Aurora Bridge Update
Hi folks, Unfortunately, at the end of the workday yesterday, March 14, Liberty had a paint spill on its platform that leaked several gallons into Lake Union. The leak occurred when a hose broke during cleaning. Liberty worked to contain and clean up the affected area, which included the north part of the lake near the bridge. They also brought in a specialty cleaning crew to complete the cleanup. Liberty is coordinating with the Coast Guard and the Department of Ecology. WSDOT is working with Liberty to determine how to avoid future incidents.
Blue wraps on the bridge - A reader asked about the blue material wrapped around several of the bridge supports. Liberty installed that to keep birds from nesting. A lot of the bridge isn’t really suitable for nesting, but the wrapped areas have good spaces in which birds can settle. Closing those off during painting, cleaning and steel repair encourages birds to find more suitable perches elsewhere.
Night work will resume in April - Crews are only working during the day next week, but in early April they’ll have some night work. I’ll share those details as we get closer. In the meantime, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Tom Pearce
WSDOT Communications | 206-440-4696 | PearceT@wsdot.wa.gov
As ever, please let me know if you have news, questions, comments or suggestions to share with our floating home owners and residents.
All the best,