Thursday, November 29, 2012

New float planned at Kiana Lodge

SUQUAMISH — The Suquamish Tribe has been granted approval to remove an old float on the Kiana Lodge dock and replace it with a grated steel float attached to steel pilings.

The new float, designed for tour boats and float planes, received a shoreline variance by Kitsap County Hearing Examiner Kimberly Allen.

Kiana Lodge, located on Agate Passage near the Agate Passage Bridge, is owned by the tribe and used as a center for conventions, retreats and weddings.

The tribe plans to remove six concrete pontoons that support the old float, along with several creosote pilings. The new float would be supported by a steel pontoon and steel pilings, allowing the float to better withstand wind and waves. Overwater coverage would be reduced from 806 to 573 square feet, according to engineers for the project.

The float would be 20 feet shorter but 2 feet wider than the existing float. Grating is required by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to allow light to penetrate into the water. Agency officials may require other mitigation measures as conditions for a hydraulics permit required for the project.

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