Open Letter: Fauntleroy Community Association supports ferry dock plan with conditions
The Fauntleroy Community Association has shared an open letter regarding the plan to replace the aging Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal.
To Whom It May Concern;
The Fauntleroy Community Association (FCA), with input from the FCA ferry dock subcommittee, has reviewed the "Fauntleroy Terminal Trestle and Transfer Span Replacement Project" (FTTTSRP) as mentioned in the Washington State Ferries 2040 Long Range Plan. The FCA Board is sympathetic to the concerns for the safety and well being of crew and passengers arriving in and departing from Seattle via the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal. We also recognize the deteriorating condition of the existing creosoted wooden piles and structure. Further, we recognize issues associated with the elevation of the existing structure in light of the projected rise in sea levels.
Thus, should the Washington State Ferries and WSDOT decide to continue to use Fauntleroy Cove as the site for a ferry terminal, the FCA Board supports the removal of the existing piles, deteriorating dock and transfer span. The new replacement dock should be environmentally safe, seismically secure, and just high enough above the current dock height, 2 - 3', to deal with the projected sea level rise.
The Board notes in the proposed outline of the FTTTSRP and in recent public discussions held by WSF, references to an expanded dock footprint. The new dock and piles should keep to the same footprint as the existing dock and not increase the over-water coverage. Further, proposals being considered that include changes to Cove Park as well as loss of some local residences are not supported. Any plan must preserve local residences.
The FCA will continue to be actively engaged in review and comment on the FTTTSRP to ensure that not only Fauntleroy but all of West Seattle interests are vigorously represented.
Mike Dey, President
Fauntleroy Community Association