The May ballot was already on people’s minds this week when a larger than usual audience, including five candidates, attended the Port of Siuslaw’s regular meeting March 20.
Only candidates Shayne Burnem and Jay Nefcy spoke during the citizen input portion of the meeting, both beginning by complimenting the port on its efforts to save money on the wharf improvement project by working out an alternate mitigation plan with the National Marine Fisheries Service. Both also said the port could do more to stimulate the local economy.
Burnem stated that “citizens and stakeholders are concerned that the port is not doing all it can do to create family wage jobs, to stabilize our … local economy in the port’s jurisdiction.”
He followed up his remarks by encouraging commissioners “to keep on the same track that you’re on, improving, looking to the future.”
Nefcy accused commissioners of “flipping real estate.”
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