Initial planning and design work for a new seaplane float on downtown Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway is advancing with the selection of the Everett engineering firm Reid Middleton to perform the work.
The Thea Foss Development Authority selected Reid Middleton from among several applicants.
The initial planning work is begin funded by a $30,000 grant from the Washington Department of Transportation and $5,000 from private sources.
The Tacoma Waterfront Association and others have been campaigning for a seaplane facility on the waterway to handle both private and commercial seaplane operations.
The initial planning envisions a float at the north end of the waterway near Commencement Bay.
Pierce County’s only public seaplane float is on Lakewood’s American Lake.
Seaplanes can’t use most boat docks because the pilings to which they are attached extend above the water and interfere with the planes’ wings.