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Harbor commissioners support Samoa Trail Project, discuss Shelter Cove divestment strategies

WOODLEY ISLAND- The construction of a 2 mile trail on the Samoa Peninsula is now moving forward. The Humboldt Bay Harbor District voted Thursday to support the Samoa Trail Project, taking on the responsibility of maintenance once construction is complete.

The trail is part of the Danco Group's project to renovate the Town of Samoa. The county is applying for a $3 million California Transportation Commission grant to fund the project. Because the grant requires a community services district to provide maintenance, the Town of Samoa's previous application was denied. The Harbor District stepped in to fulfill that rule.

If the grant is awarded, the trail could be completed by the end of 2016.

Also at Thursday night's meeting, Harbor commissioners began discussing ways to divest interests in the shelter cove open ocean boat launching facility and fish station. The infrastructure costs the district $30,000 every year to maintain.

The district says the drain on finances and disagreements with the water quality control board over discharge of fish remains have caused them to lose interest in that property. On Thursday commissioners began looking for exit strategies to allow the Shelter Cove Resort Improvement District to take control of the facilities.