Port Fills Vacancies; Beach Soccer Tournament This Weekend; Bond on Track for November

Port Fills Vacancies

The Port of Siuslaw Board of Commissioners is back at full strength.  Following their meeting Wednesday evening the board voted to fill the two vacant seats that were left open after installing David Huntington as the new port manager and the resignation of Nancy Rickart.  The board chose two members of the Florence community, Craig Zolezzi and Craig Brandt.  Both members of the Florence Community.  Zolezzi operated a local insurance company while Brandt is active with S.T.E.P the Salmon Trout Enhancement Program.  In a statement Brandt said that he is “Very appreciative for this opportunity and looks forward to helping make the port successful during this coming year.”  Both Brandt and Zolezzi will fulfill the remaining portions of the previous commissioners.  During their July 18th meeting the commissioners will elect officers for the coming year.  In addition to the installment of the board members the Commissioners also approved their fiscal budget for the upcoming year.

Beach Soccer Tournament This Weekend

Driftwood shores will be host to the Copa Cobana Beach Soccer Tournament this weekend.  Beginning tomorrow on the beach the tournament will feature 3 and 5 person teams.  Tami Clark with Driftwood shores says they have been looking at opportunities to bring new and different events to the Florence area such as wind surfing competitions and beach volleyball and soccer and were approached by Copa Cobana to hold a tournament that will feature teams from youth to adult.

“Games will begin Saturday at 10 and then resume Sunday at 9 am.”

Clark says this is an event for the whole family.  There will be three courts set up allowing for three games to be going on simultaneously.  And of course food and beverages.

“It’s Free to the public and we’ll have a beer garden overlooking the beautiful Pacific, something we have never done before, and we’ll have food being served, a lot of great specials like the chowder and chili dogs.”

Driftwood shores is located just north of the end of Heceta Beach Road.

Bond on Track for November

The school board Bond Advisory Committee met again last night.  They are putting the final pieces together for their public presentations.  They are still looking at a November bond initiative for the ballot.  During community engagement sessions the committee will take public comment and then go back to the school board if there is a need to redress any of the concerns that might arise.  According to Superintendent Andy Grzeskowiak the committee will also be focusing on the positive impacts of school culture change on graduation rates over the year.  He says that “many people are under the mistaken impression of poor graduation performance.  And he continues: We are starting to see the results of past years of dedicated work by students, parents, staff and administration on enhancing the overall culture of learning for the future.