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The Kalakala saga descends from oddity to absurdity

In May, Kalakala owner Steve Rodrigues accessed a makeshift gangplank to the ferry moored along Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway. (Dean J. Koepfler / Staff photographer)

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

The owner of the Kalakala is suing Tacoma businessman Karl Anderson for causing him mental anguish? File that under “No good deed goes unpunished.”

Eight years ago, Anderson took pity on Steve Rodrigues, the owner of the 1935 art-deco ferry who had lost moorage first in Seattle and then in Neah Bay. Anderson offered Rodrigues space on a site he owned on Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway, figuring that would give him time to put together a plan for saving the decrepit ferry.

But no plan ever emerged. The ferry just kept deteriorating to the point that it was in danger of breaking free of its moorings and damaging docks and other vessels, perhaps even blocking the much-used industrial waterway. Read more »