Port Board of Commissioners

Jack Ng

Vice President, Representing District 1 (Freeland)
Email: district1@portofsouthwhidbey.com

Jack was born in Guangzhou China, in 1977.  He, along with his family immigrated to Anacortes, WA in 1989.  They worked hard as a family to learn the American way and to save money; to start their own family business.  Jack and his family have successfully owned and operated three restaurants, since 1999.  As a resident of Whidbey Island since 2000, Jack has integrated his influence into the community by being a leader.  A devout Rotarian since 2008, serving various board positions, and now currently the President of the Rotary Club of South Whidbey.  He has spearheaded a fundraising wine club for the organization, and has helped raise several thousands of dollars for the communities benefits and improvements through other events and projects.

Along with donating and volunteering exceedingly-he helps encourage others to get involved.   He enjoys golf, basketball and spending time with his loved ones.

Ed Halloran

Secretary, Representing District 2 (Langley)
Email: district2@portofsouthwhidbey.com

 Ed and his wife Chris retired after 39 years in Southern California in 2004. He is currently the President/Owner of HALCO Management Systems, a successful industry consulting firm located in Langley on Whidbey Island where he and his wife reside. After his retirement as a licensed manufacturing engineer and manufacturing industry executive, he was anxious to become involved and participate in a variety of community activities. Ed felt that many of the skills he had acquired during his more than 40 years of professional management experience would be valuable assets to bring to a variety of community activities. He also believed that his background working with non-profit organizations in education, industry, government and community activities would be important as well.

Having been a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) for 39 years, Ed recently completed two years (2012-2013) as an International Director on the Board of Directors of SME. He has also been active with Edmonds Community College (EdCC), participating as the SME Senior Chapter Advisor to EdCC’s SME Student Chapter, a member of the Material Science and Technology Advisory Committee and the EdCC Worker Retraining Committee.

In addition, he also continues to dedicate time to other South Whidbey area nonprofit organizations and activities including, support to WICA, SW schools, community workforce development, the SW Yacht Club/Parks and Recreation Youth and Adult Sailing Camps Program and the Rotary Club of Whidbey – Westside. Ed is an avid sailor/racer himself, a classic car buff, enjoys learning to play the guitar and working in his shop and garden.

Curt Gordon

President, Representing District 3 (Clinton)
Email: district3@portofsouthwhidbey.com

Curt is a lifelong Whidbey Islander whose contributions to Island County include 20 years of service as South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District Commissioner, 11 years service on the Conservation Futures Technical Advisory Group, 10 years on the Rural Transportation Planning Organization Technical Advisory Committee. Most recently he was elected to serve as a Commissioner for the Port of South Whidbey. Curt is also the owner of Island Asphalt & Sitework Inc. providing site preparation and paving services to residential and commercial customers for over 25 years. When he’s not running for public office, Curt enjoys running in marathons and triathlons including the grueling Iron Man Triathlon in Hawaii. In fact, he was the first ever cross-country runner at Langley High School.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Project Development
  • Business Management
  • Transportation Planning
  • Site Preparation and Paving

Our District

The District encompasses 41,182 acres (64.35 square miles) or about the southern one third of Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington. The Port provides public facilities development and maintenance services throughout the district. It pursues economic development, transportation, environmental preservation, marine access and recreational opportunities for its constituents. Its present boundaries correspond to the boundaries of South Whidbey School District #206.

Population 1990 2000 2006 2010
South Whidbey* 10,069 11,703 12,540 12,950
Langley 654 959 1,055 1,074

Port of South Whidbey Districts Map

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Our History

The Port has gone through a number of project development stages in its 46-year history. The Port District of South Whidbey Island was originally formed on August 29, 1961 as the “Langley Port District.” The impetus for its formation was the community’s desire to create a major year-round boat marina and harbor development serving all of South Whidbey at Langley. In 1968, the district commissioners found that the tax base in the Langley and Sandy Point Precincts was insufficient to support the planned harbor development and decided that expansion of the district was necessary. On November 5, 1968, the district’s present boundaries were approved by a majority of the voters. In November of 1979, the name of the district was officially changed to “The Port District of South Whidbey Island.”

Beginning in 1965, the Port moved toward the goal of developing a 6.8 acre marina and harbor facility on the Langley shoreline fronting the intersection of First and Anthes Avenues. In 1975, after numerous revisions to the Langley Harbor expansion project plan, the Port was faced with economic, political, and regulatory realities and abandoned the original project.

During the 1980’s the Port, City of Langley, and the State Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation (IAC) collaborated to construct a 40 slip transient moorage marina. The facility consisted of floating concrete finger piers anchored to treated timber pilings, all protected by a floating tire breakwater. The Port contributed $110,000 and $240,000 was provided by the IAC. Unfortunately, in 1986 the floating breakwater sank. A new wood-pile breakwater system to protect 38 slips was constructed with the IAC funding an additional $100,000 and the Port another $40,000 to supplement the $170,000 in councilmatic bonds issued by the city. The finished project total cost was $660,000. In 1985 the Port District contributed another $30,000 to the Langley Marina and the IAC funded another $100,000 for additional work in the harbor.

After the Langley Marina was completed the Port began to focus its efforts and resources toward marine parks and boat ramps. Over the past 25 years the Port has developed, upgraded, and maintained facilities at Phil Simon Park, Dave Mackie Park, Mutiny Bay Facility, Holmes Harbor Boat Ramp and Freeland Park, Clinton Dock, Possession Beach Waterfront Park and Bush Point Boat Ramp. It also performed a feasibility study in 1985 of the Whidbey Airpark (Porter Field) becoming a public facility. This project was discontinued in the early 1990’s after being deemed by public opinion as not feasible.

In 1990 the Port’s adopted a resolution “relating to the interference with public use and enjoyment”. This resolution articulated the ports commitment to protect the air and water quality of its district from environmental hazards such as toxic or hazardous substances. In 1992, the resolution was expanded to include noise standards as described in Resolution 92-5.

The Port has successfully executed land acquisition, developed projects and has been a reliable inter-agency partner. The Port has executed many of its projects in cooperation and partnership with Island County, the City of Langley, the Port of Coupeville, the State Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation (IAC) now known as “Recreation and Conservation Funding Board” (RCFB), the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), The Washington State Ferries (WSF), and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

During the past 20 years the Port’s collaborative efforts with Island County and the City of Langley combined with funding from the RCFB has proven to be a successful approach for improving shoreline recreational facilities. This approach has leveraged local dollars by securing state tax dollars through grants from the RCFB. Some of the RCFB grant programs, which the Port has previously secured, include the Aquatic Lands Enhancement (ALEA) and Boating Infrastructure Grants (BIG). Funding from the RCFB, the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, and 3 other entities will henceforth be administered by the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO).

In these past relationships the projects were usually not managed by the Port with regard to oversight of the permit and construction process. The Port provided funds but was not directly involved in the details or day-to-day operations. However, starting with the Clinton Beach project in 2003, the Commissioners committed to a more active role in project implementation and management with the hiring of a full-time professional manager.

The Port will continue the direct management of new construction projects, as well as the subsequent development of Port operations and maintenance staff for its facilities. Port leadership is committed to efficient use of public resources and has directed staff to coordinate with other public and private entities in order to implement the most cost effective approach for operations and maintenance.