Scott Graves
Curry Coastal Pilot

Incumbent Sue Gold and newcomer Tim Patterson will be the next Port of Brookings Harbor commissioners, according to Tuesday's unofficial special election results.

Gold defeated challenger Roger Thompson for Position 4 by a vote of 1,566 to 1,049 (59.54 percent to 39.89 percent).

Patterson defeated Al Cornell for Position 5 by a vote of 1,401 to 896 (60.54 percent to 38.72 percent).

"I want to thank everyone for their support and I'm going to try my best to accomplish my two goals," Patterson, 71, said Tuesday night.

His two goals are to increase port revenue by transforming the empty commercial building at the port, often referred to as the "gray ghost," into a event/convention center.

His second goal is to get the port district annexed into the city of Brookings.

When talking to people about that idea, Patterson said, "I've encountered good and bad."

Patterson is the owner of the Redwood Theater and other commercial properties in Brookings. He lives in Harbor with his wife, Cynthia Chi; his three children are grown. He holds a degree in business from the University of California at Sacramento and worked in tennis and racquetball clubs before he went into contract computer programming.

The Pilot's attempts to reach Cornell Tuesday night were unsuccessful.

Gold, an 8-year veteran on the Port of Brookings Harbor board of commissioners, will serve another four-year term.

A 27-year resident of the area, she earned a degree in math from the University of Utah, and her masters from the University of San Francisco.

Gold worked as a math teacher in the Del Norte schools and, when she retired 11 years ago, was asked to teach math part-time at the College of the Redwoods in Crescent City.

Gold was unavailable for comment Tuesday night, but in an earlier interview she said she would continue her efforts to keep the port on firm fiscal ground and address maintenance issues.

Improvements she'd like to see include the electrical system to the RV park, and addressing new fishing regulations and developing a sustainable financial plan, especially in light of national and state cutbacks.

She'd like to consider relocating the Azalea Festival from the city to the port and bringing back the Festival of the Arts.

Gold is not, however, sure what the port should do regarding the vacant green building along Lower Harbor Road.

"I don't know about a convention center at this time," she said. "I'm not even sure about office buildings. It's a beautiful location for a center, but transportation (to and from Brookings) here is rather difficult. I'd like to see it leased and finish it off. We need a viable tenant."

She supports the idea of collaboration between all entities that depend on tourism, including the city, port and chamber of commerce.

The Pilot's attempts to reach Roger Thompson Tuesday night wereunsuccessful.