Mar 04 2018

Bus Service meeting Mar 22nd

There’s a meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 22 at 7 pm in the Sunset Room of Sunset West Condos. One or two trip planners from Metro will be there plus Jeanne Kohls-Wells & John Fowler. We have collected over 100 signatures from marina folks (thanks to Dockside Solutions & Seattle Sailing Club).

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Feb 25 2018

Sign a Petition for Bus Service at Shilshole

With limited parking in the marina and on the street during busy weekends; with high school kids having to walk 1.2 miles to the nearest bus stop in the dark in winter months; and with the city’s growing congestion and expense for parking-more people would like to downsize a vehicle and/or ride a bus if they could get to where they need to go without using a car!

Here’s your chance to show Metro that there is indeed interest for bus service here at Shilshole!  Please stop by Dockside Solutions in the Marina Office building to sign a petition for bus service.

See this previous post for more information…

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Feb 17 2018

Parking during Construction this year

The Port has started construction on the S End restrooms (M-1) and as the other restrooms/laundry, Dukes restaurant and paving projects get started, there will be disruptions to our parking.  The Port reminds us to:

  • have the current (2018) parking permit visible in your car and have your guests and your extra vehicle park in the non-permit areas
  • make sure your car tabs are current and wont expire while you are out cruising/travelling-especially this summer!  There have been stolen/abandoned cars left in the parking lot so the Port will tow cars with expired tabs!
  • to contact the marina office if you will be gone for more than 2 weeks so they can make sure you are not parked in an area that will be needed for construction
  • More Shilshole parking info can be found here

Please share this with your dockmates and guests so no one is inconvenienced.  Thanks.


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Feb 12 2018

Citywide Emergency Preparedness Drill 4-28-2018

Coming soon to our city is a drill that will allow us to practice our preparedness skills.  ‘Shilshole Prepares’ hub has been asked by the Kirke Park Hub to drill together at Kirke Park on April 28th.  We have accepted the invitation.  The theme of this drill is ‘Power Outage City Wide’.

The object of this exercise is to practice setting up our communication center: sending and receiving messages/information to the EOC (Emergency Operation Center) downtown in Seattle, organizing our hub to assist our neighbors in a time of a city wide power outage.  There will a number of exercises that you, your family and friends can participate in.

As we get closer to the drill date I will provide additional information.

Shilshole Prepares is the Shilshole Bay Marina/Shilshole Liveaboards Associations Hub for preparedness in case of a natural or other disaster.  Our mission is to provide communications and assistance in a time of crisis.  To this end we have a radio Net called the V-Man (Vessel Mutual Assistance Marine VHF Net) which meets on VHF channel 71 Monday nights at 8 pm.   This Net is designed for vessel to vessel communications.  It allow us an opportunity to practice our radio skills and to make sure our VHF radios are operational.

Being prepared for an emergency is part of good seamanship. Knowing our neighbors and working together in a time of crisis will insure the best possible outcome.

If you are interested in ‘Shilshole Prepares’ activities and programs a good place to start is the V-MAN net on Monday night.  You are always welcome  to give me a call/email.

Kristen Sierra

Shilshole Prepares, Hub Captain

206-890-5756 or

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Feb 11 2018

Sound Transit light rail open house in Ballard-February 15

There will be a Sound Transit light rail open house in Ballard on February 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 NW 57th. There will be an opportunity to obtain information, provide input and comment. More information is online at: The final comment date is March 5, 2018. You can also email comments to

We’re reminding everyone that it is important to attend if you have opinions on the current design.  It is based on an elevated track along 15th after crossing the Ship Canal on a lift bridge.  An elevated station  similar to what is being built at Northgate is intended for the vicinity of Market Street.  Bring those opinions.  Decisions now will influence the character of Ballard for the next century.

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