HARBOR — The Port of Brookings Harbor is targeting May 26 to reopen Beachfront RV Park.
Port Commissioners unanimously approved the date during a special meeting on May 14. Curry County received approval from Gov. Kate Brown’s office and Oregon Health Authority to enter Phase I of reopening Oregon on May 15.
The previous week, Curry County Board of Commissioners approved reopening transient lodging to short-term stays in the county as did the cities of Brookings and Gold Beach.
Port Commissioners temporarily closed the RV park but kept open access to Sporthaven Beach, the boat launch and boat docks on March 24 after Gov. Kate Brown announced her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive orders on March 23.
Brown declared a statewide state of emergency due to the virus on March 8 and issued multiple executive orders, including the closure of all schools, non-essential businesses and a ban on dine-in service at restaurants and bars.
On March 23, Oregon State Parks System closed its campgrounds and extended the closure through May 25.
Beachfront RV Park will be following the OHA’s guidelines related to outdoor recreation for Phase I:
• COVID-19 information pamphlets will be given to each RV park guest.
• RV park sites have a six-person maximum limit.
• Every other site will be closed to help social distancing.
• Install social-distancing signs throughout the RV park parking and walking areas.
• RV park office will use the walk-up window and frequently clean and disinfect the office.
Commissioners discussed putting out the beach ramps at Sporthaven Beach. The 60-foot ramps are usually put out Memorial Day weekend. Port staff wanted to wait to put them out until receiving guidance from legal counsel and the board. Staff had some safety concerns about the ramps and said they were not ADA compliant. Commissioners will be talking more about the ramps at an upcoming meeting.
Commissioners also approved the business loan relief payment plan from Business Oregon. The proposal defers the due quarterly payment and freezes the interest on all nine outstanding balances indefinitely.
Although the Art at the Port event was canceled, commissioners approved hanging art panels on the boardwalk. The artwork will be up as long as people can abide by social-distancing guidelines.
Commissioners also approved amending the contract with Crow/Clay and Associates for the design of the RV park improvements to nine new pull-thru sites; adding laundry building and walkways; demolition of existing bathrooms; two new trash bin enclosures; and. if funds allow, alternate bids to upgrade electrical to all existing sites.