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Fire - Like me, you probably awoke last week to the smell of the smoke from the fire at the lumber yard behind Canal Marina. Ironically, at the FHA Board meeting a week before, we spent a good chunk of time discussing how floating homeowners can protect themselves and their property in the event of a dock fire. Look out for more information in the upcoming weeks about proactive steps some docks have taken to update their facilities. As a board we are hoping to open a conversation with the fire dept, harbor patrol and the city about what measures should be required of floating home owners, and what resources are available to us in the event of an emergency.

Houseboatique - Seattle Floating Homes Association welcomes you to our annual HOLIDAY BOATIQUE on Sunday, December 2nd From 10 am - 5 pm. For more information, including details of newly available items, please visit the FHA website Holiday Boatique page here. We hope to see you there!

Virginia V - Good news for residents on Portage Bay. Following a recent complaint from a floating home resident on Portage Bay concerning the proximity of the route the Virginia V takes when passing Portage Bay floating homes, we are happy to report that Heron Scott and his captains have agreed that they will stay 60' from the floating homes. Talking of boats going by, you will have probably noticed the Christmas Ships going past already and may be taking part yourselves. You can see the full schedule here.

Board Meetings - Minutes from the September and October Board Meetings have been posted to the FHA website, thanks to Janet Williams who has taken over as secretary. You can view them here.

Aurora Bridge - Finally, and rather belatedly (sorry!) here is the most recent update from Marqise Allen about the Aurora Bridge project:

11.09.2018 - Good afternoon, I’ve got a couple things of note for this week’s update. But first things first, Liberty continues to make headway on the sandblasting work on the section of the bridge above Lake Union. They’ve officially completed two more sections and will begin work on the next two on Monday. Crews are making good progress on the painting work above Westlake as well. Liberty should be putting the finishing touches on this section sometime over the next couple weeks and be done around Thanksgiving. Speaking of Turkey Day, Liberty will take a break for the holiday, and there will be no work from Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 25. Crews will wrap up work at their usual time on the Tuesday prior before they take the next five days off.

Talking with Liberty, it sounds like there won’t be any need for night work for the rest of the month. They may need to work a couple nights in December, but this is also doubtful at the moment. If this changes, we’ll be sure to let you know. But from here forward, you can expect that there won’t be any nighttime platform or containment set up for a while.

Lastly, I want to let you know that I’ve recently accepted a position in our Ferries division at WSDOT. I’ll officially start that position in December. So this will be one of my last updates. This is certainly bittersweet. As excited as I am for the new opportunity, I’m going to miss working with your community. It has been a pleasure getting to know you, and I want to thank you for all of the patience, understanding and kindness that you’ve shown me over the past year. You will be left in great hands, however. My colleague Tom Pearce will take over for this project. We’ll both be down in the area over the next couple weeks while we make the transition. So if you see us out and about, feel free to come over and say hello. That’s all for this week. As always, don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions. Best, Marqise.

As ever, please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
All the best,
Sarah

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