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About 18 Anacortes residents had lots of questions when they met with three state Ecology Department staffers on the cleanup of the Scott Paper mill site Wednesday night. 

Sandra Caldwell, the Anacortes Baywide Project Manager for Ecology, said they were here to gather more information about what uses would come after cleanup of the Scott Paper site, which is just south of Cap Sante Marina.

She stressed that Ecology doesn’t tell landowners what to do with the land once cleanup is finished, but knowing what future possible uses are does help in planning the cleanup.

But, much of the two-hour meeting was taken up with questions by area residents who seemed concerned whether current recreational activities and new activities will be accommodated after the cleanup.

The cleanup is expected to cost $14 million, much of it paid for by the land owners, the Port of Anacortes and MJB Properties, with a small amount from the state. Caldwell said she hopes the cleanup will start next July.

Much of the discussion centered around what would happen to the pocket beach which now fronts the Seafarers Memorial Park and the riprap which lines the shoreline next to the Educational Service District just south of the park.

The plan now calls for that beach and riprap to be replaced after the cleanup with a new beach which will be protected by a long sweeping rock breakwater.

Bob Elsner, from the Port of Anacortes, told the group that the Port is drawing up plans now and he expects to have them available for public review later this month.

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