Friday Harbor Port Commissioner Greg Hertel weighed in on Facebook about the the future of the building destroyed in a fire August 18, 2013.
The four businesses located in the building were: Downriggers restaurant, Friday Harbor Marine, San Juan Excursions, and San Juan Safaris.
His comments: Let me state my position as a commissioner for the Port of Friday Harbor clearly:
Our waterfront is a critical part of our community and our economy. It is my intent to see that the same businesses that were there before the fire are there when a rebuilt SSL is re-opened. We need to put these employees back to work and close the gap in our working waterfront.
I will use every bit of influence at my disposal to accomplish this.
It won't be easy and there will be unforeseen stumbling blocks along the way. The building may not be an exact replica for what was lost but it will be an enduring part of our waterfront for decades so I will do my best to see that it is a credit to our community and a place for as many memories as the one that was lost.
San Juan County has well over 300 miles of waterfront but only one mile of working, urban waterfront and we need to keep this part of our culture and economy in play. Until the doors open on a new or rebuilt structure, this will be "Job 1" for the Port and for me.