It looks like life will continue without disruptions for the roughly 1,000 permanent residents of Lummi Island. Whatcom County officials and the Lummi Nation have announced an agreement on a new long-term lease for the Gooseberry Point ferry dock, ensuring uninterrupted ferry service between Gooseberry Point and Lummi.
The current lease expires Feb. 14, and thing were looking shaky for island residents. The County even did a tet run to Fairhaven.
Rumor has it that fares and schedules for the Whatcom Chief ferry may change once a final, long-term deal is done.
Tribal leaders have recently stated their goal was the eventual relocation of the ferry dock, and they expressed reluctance to consider any lease renewal beyond five years. But Tuesday's announcement said the tribe and county have reached "a conceptual agreement for a 25-year lease with an option to renew for an additional 25 yearsâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..Both the Lummi Nation and Whatcom County are committed to continuing to work in a spirit of cooperation to develop a final agreement in a timely manner,"
So if you're considering a move to Lummi Island, you won't have to worry about whether or not you'll have a way to get to your new home. The ferry will be around for many years to come.
If your interested in Lummi Island homes give me a call, there are some great deals there.