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COAST RIVER BUSINESS JOURNAL
FEBRUARy 2020 • 5
Pacific’s home supply dwindles,
prices more than double in
LONG BEACH — Pacific County
home prices increased 9.9% in all of 2019
compared to 2018, according to a Uni-
versity of Washington report. This about
equaled the statewide increase of 10%.
The annual median home price —
meaning half sold for more and half for less
— was $207,800 in the county last year, up
from $189,100 in 2018, UW’s Washington
Center for Real Estate Research reported.
Looking at longer trends, Pacific
County home prices more than doubled
between 2012 and 2019. Cowlitz and Wah-
kiakum were the only other two among the
state’s 39 counties to experience that level
of price escalation. All three continue to
have home prices considerably below the
state 2019 median of $398,200.
Pacific County’s summer 2019 real
estate market saw about the same number
of sales as in summer 2018, but prices were
17.9% higher than in the previous summer.
More recent data from the North-
west Multiple Listing Service show a
steep 26.6% decline in active listings,
with only 127 countywide in December.
Median prices also declined in December
to $205,000, nearly 10% less than in 2018.
The statewide median was $445,000, an
Fewer listings in Clatsop as
median price rises to $350,000
ASTORIA — As the new year began,
Clatsop County continued experiencing
a tightening home market coupled with
gradually increasing prices, according to
data compiled by the Clatsop Association
of Realtors, MLS, Inc.
There was a 20.1% drop in active list-
ings this January compared to the same
month in 2019 — 195 compared to 244
in January 2019. There were 52 new list-
ings in January, 22.4% less than in Janu-
The county’s median sales price this
January — meaning half sold for more and
half for less — was $350,000, up a frac-
tion of a percent from $348,625 in Janu-
ary 2019. The average sales price — which
entails totaling dollars and dividing by the
number of sales — was $406,323 this Jan-
uary, up 2.7% from a year earlier.
Clatsop houses have been selling fast,
spending a median of 77 days on the mar-
ket, compared to 125 days in 2019, a
38.4% decrease in selling time.
Crabbers face changes imposed
to avoid whale entanglements
ILWACO — Significant changes are
ahead for crabbers in a regulatory effort
impacted areas and potential new sites
for shellfish aquaculture, and define miti-
gation measures in greater detail to offset
impacts to shellfish growing beds.
The firm will also be capturing
ultra-high-resolution imagery of the estu-
aries and performing an in-depth analy-
sis of where the most active sediment is,
while also identifying stable areas of sedi-
ment where oysters can grow safely.
Free and low-cost business
readiness and planning
Nancy Gorshe and chef Michael Lalewicz, owners of The Depot restaurant in Seaview, are fea-
tured in the cover story in February’s Costco Connection, the magazine sent to millions of Cost-
co members. The article is about couples who collaborate in running successful businesses.
The Depot, considered one of Washington state’s top restaurants, clearly qualifies as a success.
to limit impacts that equipment has on
Starting May 1, 500-pot license hold-
ers will be limited to 330 pots in the sum-
mer and 300-pot licensees will be cut to
200 pots. Crabbers fishing after May 1
will have to buy summer buoy tags. Win-
ter replacement tags will only be issued
between March 1 and April 30, with 500-
pot licenses limited to 15 replacements and
300-pot licenses to 10.
Starting March 3, license holders and
operators can only use the amount of line
reasonably necessary to compensate for
tides, currents, and weather.” Slack line
floating on the surface is believed to lead
to whale entanglements.
As of Dec. 1, crab line used in Wash-
ington must have 12 inches marked in red
at the top near the buoy and at the bottom
near the pot. This is so gear can be identi-
fied as coming from Washington.
Oregon, California and the National
Marine Fisheries Service are expected to
coordinate with Washington in making
sure the rules work together on the West
Stantec studying sediment
impacts on Washington coast
PACIFIC COUNTY — A global firm
has been awarded a project to evalu-
ate Willapa Bay and Gray Harbor estuar-
ies in an effort to investigate the growing
impacts of scour and sediment deposition
on the oyster industry in Pacific and Grays
The project is phase II of the Twin Har-
bors Sediment Study, a three-phase pro-
cess initiated by the Grays Harbor Con-
servation District in 2015. Stantec, an
engineering, architecture and consulting
firm, was brought on for the second phase
of the study, which focuses on protecting
and enhancing the shellfish industry in the
Pacific and Grays Harbor combine to
cultivate 25% of the country’s oysters, but
shellfish aquaculture has been negatively
affected due to excessive sediment move-
ment caused by nearby river flow, dredg-
ing and bulkheading, changing ocean
conditions and variations in the tides and
winds. These problems have been reported
on for 30 years, which has caused contin-
uous degradation in commercial shellfish
cultivation in the area.
“Farming shellfish — and protect-
ing the beautiful waterways necessary
for shellfish to live — is a way of life that
has existed since before statehood in rural
Western Washington,” said Wayne Wright,
Stantec Principal Scientist and Project
Manager, based in Bellevue. “We are hum-
bled to be leading efforts to help support
the rapidly deteriorating shellfish industry,
a major economic resource for the entire
state of Washington and look forward to
In a press release, Stantec said it seeks
to obtain a better understanding of the
sedimentation and erosion dynamics in
Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor, identify
OLYMPIA — Coastal Bizworks, a
new program of Olympia-based non-
profit organization Enterprise for Equity,
helps individuals explore self-employment
and businesses plan a stronger start-up
or expansion. This spring, Enterprise
for Equity extends its offering of busi-
ness readiness and planning workshops to
Grays Harbor and Pacific counties for resi-
dents and local business owners.
Information provided includes how
to market your business, strengthen your
operations, manage your business finances,
track your customers, grow your business
over time, and so much more. Business
coaching is a key component of the train-
ing and is offered to support the specific
needs of owners and their businesses.
The series includes a one-hour infor-
mation session, a two-day Business Read-
iness Workshop, and a Business Planning
Course that runs April through May 2020.
Thanks to a federal grant, the only expense
to the students will be a $185 fee for the
40-plus hour Business Planning Course.
The other workshops are free.
The information session is scheduled
at the Valley View Health Center’s Com-
munity Room, 300 Ocean Ave., Raymond,
on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. To reserve a
spot, preregister by contacting Beth at 360-
704-3375 or via email beth@enterprise-
forequity.org. Anyone interested in the
workshops or unable to attend these dates
may contact Beth for more information.
This program offers classes locally to
Grays Harbor and Pacific county residents
through special funding by the Washing-
ton State Community Development Block
Grant Program with federal funds pro-
vided by the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development.
Enterprise for Equity provides the pos-
sibility of micro-loans up to $25,000 to
those who have completed this program
and qualify under their income standards
and application process.
Those interested may also follow the
Facebook page for updates and links
to pre-registration information: fb.me/