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A Seattle pier closes, leaving fishers on shore and one business pinched

The Port of Seattle closed Pier 86 this week, citing safety concerns. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE -- This week the Port of Seattle locked the gate to Pier 86 in Centennial Park out of safety concerns.

It's left fishers on shore, at least one businessman worried and local residents a little sad.

"This is the splendor of Seattle in all it's glory, and we'd really miss it if it closes," said Lee Fogel, who lives nearby.


It's not clear when the pier might open again. The Port of Seattle released this statement: "The Port of Seattle and the Department of Fish & Wildlife are working together to determine the future of the fishing pier at Centennial Park. Safety hazards associated with the pier's structure and utilities prompted its indefinite closure."


Fishers grumble that it's "ridiculous." Some have been forced to drop their crab pots from a small area that's still open.

Really feeling the pinch is Fish On Bait &Tackle & Café on the east end of the pier

"I'm losing money here," said Ronn Kess of Fish on Bait. "The fishermen can't fish. I can't sell bait, hooks and lures."

Kess' five-year lease on his property was up last month. He would like to lease month to month but worries the port might have other ideas for the property.

Fogel can't image that the pier won't reopen.

"The pier is part of what makes Seattle wonderful for us anyway."

The Port of Seattle said in a statement Thursday that fishermen can still cast their lines down at pier69, along Elliott Bay: “The Port of Seattle and the Department of Fish & Wildlife are working together to determine the future of the Fishing Pier at Centennial Park. Safety hazards associated with the pier’s structure and utilities prompted its indefinite closure this week. The public is welcome to fish a the facilities at Pier 69, just down the street.”


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