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Brookings’ Central Building: 100-year celebration!

Submitted photo The Central Building, pictured here in 1923, is one of the oldest standing buildings in downtown Brookings. It is the only building in the city listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

When Eldon Gossett applied for an occupancy permit for the Central Building he’d purchased in the middle of Brookings in the 1970s, city officials told him to forget about it.

“They all leaned back in their chairs, and finally one said, ‘Mr. Gossett, that building has to go,’” he related. “You must torch the building. We don’t want it in town.”

The fire marshal from Coos Bay showed up, who reiterated what town leaders had said.

So Gossett contacted the state fire marshal.

“He looked at it and said, ‘I wish we had a lot more buildings like this in Oregon,’” Gossett said. “This one’s in really good shape.’ It’s a great building, a magnificent building.”


City seeks source of beach pollution

City officials are using the help of AmeriCorps volunteer Austin Dunn in their search for the source of the fecal coliform that resulted in warnings to Mill and Harris beachgoers last summer.

Dunn has been bushwhacking through underbrush and skirting private property to collect storm water samples throughout the city.

“Austin’s work will help us better understand why some of our beaches have exceeded safe levels of fecal bacteria and strategies on how to mitigate this issue in the future,” said Public Works Director Loree Pryce.

Mill and Harris beaches are monitored by the state throughout the summer, and the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program issues advisories accordingly. Last summer, high fecal bacteria levels prompted the agency to advise people to avoid contact with the water that flows into the ocean from the creeks there.


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