At its November meeting the board of Sitka's industrial park approved a few compromises to keep the marine haulout project on budget after learning of increased costs for pilings. Among the savings: choosing a conventional travelift over a recently-developed machine that can squeeze more boats into a smaller area.
GPIP board members have selected a location to build a new, publicly-funded marine haulout -- on the current site of a gravel ramp. Board members agreed the ramp could be moved. What could be harder to shift: The 3-year timetable for planning and construction of the $8 million project.