Blaine leaders weighing city name change

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) - Leaders of Blaine are weighing whether to change the border city's name by adding "Harbor" to it.

The Bellingham Herald reports this is the second time in 15 years that Blaine is considering becoming "Blaine Harbor."

Backers of the name change say adding "harbor" would highlight Blaine's seaside beauty, and help boost economic development by attracting tourists and businesses.

Detractors are dubious of claims of increased tourism, adding that if the name is changed, it should be Drayton Harbor because cities with "harbor" in their name reflect the body of water they're on. Blaine's on Drayton Harbor.

The Blaine City Council has until August to decide if voters will decide the name change in November.

In 2000, voters defeated the "Blaine Harbor" name 57 percent to 43 percent.