Mayor Gere said that last weekend’s anti-fossil fuel demonstration left, “a bit of fear and skepticism” causing a lighter than usual Saturday in downtown Anacortes.
Gere told the city Council that the weekend provided, “a really great training opportunity” for the city’s emergency operations center, which was opened for the Friday-Sunday period. But, she pointed out, “We did have a safe weekend. Safety for all, safety for our community, safety for the protesters.”
But, overtime for city employees and equipment cost the city about $57,000. She called it, “A huge financial cost,” and said it was the same structure we would use if we had an earthquake or other big event.
The county said that preliminary cost to the county was about $92,000.