Update on Lake Union buoy project from John Gowey, Director of Operations, Kenmore Air Seaplanes (4.12.17)

  • The configuration will 5 buoys, each 750’ apart, aligned down the middle of lake more or less equidistant from the east and west shorelines.
  • The buoys are seasonal; that is, they would be installed around Memorial Day weekend and taken out around Labor Day weekend.
  • The buoys will each have a pilot-activated flashing white strobe light, alerting other vessels to a seaplane takeoff or landing.
  • The buoys also have anti-collision lights, so that they can be seen at night.
  • The project is in the final permitting stage, currently awaiting the Army Corps of Engineers final permit.
  • There is no set implementation date as of yet, although Memorial Day weekend is still the goal.

The buoys are advisory only, which means that there are no rules or regulations in place that any vessel must follow with regard to them.  That being said, when the buoys lights flash (indicating an imminent takeoff or landing), boats can clear the middle of the lake a little bit to provide greater separation.  If enough vessels do this, then the seaplane operations will generally take place along the center-line of the lake.

Legally, there is no requirement for boaters to move off the center of the lake during seaplane operations, nor is there any requirement for seaplanes to utilize the center of the lake for takeoffs and landings.  But in meeting after meeting our company has had over the last few years with various boating organizations, a recurring refrain from boaters has been a desire for both a mechanism to create greater separation during seaplane operations, and a means to bring more predictability to those operations.  The hope is that the buoy advisory system can accomplish this, and enhance everyone’s safety during hours of peak lake congestion.

Earth week shoreline cleanup work party Thurs., April 20, 9 a.m. to noon. Meet in front of Lake Union Drydock, 1515 Fairview Avenue E.  Employers are requested to allow their employees to stay “on the clock” while picking up litter and restoring the shoreline habitat. For information: info@eastlakeseattle.org or (206) 322-5463.

Trees in Eastlake: Why are they disappearing? Wed., April 26, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. Experts will talk about the benefits of trees and how various current public policies are threatening trees in parks, along streets and other public rights of way, and on private lands. For background, see p. 8 of the Spring Eastlake News, and to help with the Eastlake tree inventory, see the ECC web site’s tree page.  See also the April 2 Tree Walk above.

Wildlife issues in Eastlake: Raccoons, rats, otters, opossums, muskrats, owls, eagles, geese, crows, starlings, etc. Tues., May 9, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. The first speaker is Brook Zscheile of the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services branch; the second speaker is Don Pace from the rat control program of the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health.  For background, see p. 1 of the Spring Eastlake News. 


Beer Camp on Tour – beer tasting festival at Gas Works Park on Friday, June 30 from 5:00 PM- 10:00 PM.  Features 120 local and regional craft brewers, 10 food trucks, and local bands. Expected attendance is 3,500.

Event Schedule:
Thursday, June 30
7:00 AM- 8:00 PM- Set-up
Friday, June 31
7:00 AM- 5:00 PM- Set-up
5:00 PM- 10:00 PM- Event
10:00 PM- 2:00 AM- Tear down (every effort will be made to minimize noise during teardown)

This event benefits Hop Growers of America, a 501c5 nonprofit organization, and their initiatives to support the U.S. hop industry – 75% of which is located in Washington. You can find more information on Hop Growers of America at USAhops.org. Find more information and purchase tickets at beercamp.sierranevada.com. Contact is Becky Hall  Project Manager, Mountain Sports International, Inc. 1435 S. State St. • Salt Lake City, UT 84115 +1.920.539.1896 or bhall@mtsports.com

2236 Fairview Ave E

Early Design Guidance proposal for 6 three-story townhouse and row house structures containing 27 residential units. Parking for 27 vehicles to be provided in some of the proposals. Existing structures to be demolished.

There are three design options which you can view here

The project is in the review phase of early design guidance. There was a Review Meeting March 15, 2017 6:30 p.m. at Seattle University, 1000 E James Way, Student Center 160

The project number is 3024310 and you can view the project page here

The planner is Crystal Torres, her phone number is 206-684-5887 and her email address is crystal.torres@seattle.gov

Ride the Ducks

The FHA is monitoring the activity at the Ride the Ducks site on Fairview this month. If you would like to apprise yourself of the history of this situation you will find details of the agreement that was reached on the Eastlake Community Council website.

Eastlake Community Council Meetings

Eastlake egg hunt and race  Sat., April 15 at Rogers Playfield, 2500 Eastlake Ave. Egg hunt begins at 11, and is followed by a fun run. Donations are welcome ($5 suggested, on-line athttp://eastlakeseattle.org). Volunteers are again needed to assist the Bunny in hiding eggs for kids to find. To help or if you have questions call 206-715-8762 or e-mail christyelton@gmail.com andinfo@eastlakeseattle.org. Sponsored by ECC.


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